News reports in NYC haven’t identified him as a Muslim yet. I guess the Daily Mail came closest saying “suspected suicide bomber with a ‘tanned appearance’ threatened train passengers while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and triggering an explosion at the city’s central station was shot dead by soldiers.” (below)
UK Daily Mail Shots rang out soon after 8pm on Tuesday as police and soldiers moved in to ‘neutralise’ the man, who was said to be ‘threatening rail passengers’ in what is being treated as a terrorist incident.
The attacker’s body was left lying in the station for several hours after being shot as medics could not approach him for fear that explosives strapped to him could go off any second, official authorities said.
Initial reports suggested the suspect – described as being ‘tanned, well-built and in his 30s’ –(is “tanned” the new PC word for Muslim?) was wearing an explosive vest or rucksack, while witnesses later claimed he tried to blow up a trolley or a suitcase.
Terrified passengers inside the station ran towards the tracks as they tried to avoid the blast, while crying tourists outside fled in panic. Within a few minutes the busy nearby shops and restaurants were shut down.
A bomb squad performed a controlled explosion of a bomb belt the suspect had on at the Central Station and evacuated the city’s famed Grand Place square 650 feet away while checking to see if there more hazards.
The suspect was shot by soldiers who were already patrolling the station when they swooped on the attacker. There were no other casualties and police quickly said the situation was ‘under control’.
The latest attack comes a year after three suicide bombers hit the capital of Brussels, killing 32 people and injuring hundreds more. And last August a machete-wielding man shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ attacked two policewomen in the industrial town of Charleroi, before being shot dead.