- Brussels on Highest terror alert.
- No suspect has yet been arrested; armed police have cordoned off the scene.
A Euro 2024 qualifier match between Belgium and Sweden was abruptly abandoned following a tragic incident that left two Swedish nationals dead in Brussels.
The horrifying incident began to unfold just moments before the national anthems were set to play in the King Baudouin Stadium.
“Following a suspected terrorist attack in Brussels this evening, it has been decided after consultation with the two teams and the local police authorities, that the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying match between Belgium and Sweden is abandoned. Further communication will be made in due course,” Part of UEFA statement read.
It is said Swedish reporters at the scene received disturbing information about the attack that had occurred near Boulevard d’Ypres, a mere three miles from the stadium.
“Due to the incidents in Brussels earlier tonight, play is suspended. Our thoughts are with all those affected,” a post from the Belgian national team read on X.
The assailant, claiming allegiance to the Islamic State, posted a chilling message on social media, taking responsibility for the attack.
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Swedish players, deeply shaken by the unfolding situation and concerned for their safety, told UEFA officials that the second half of the match would not be played, considering the severe security risk posed by the ongoing situation.
Belgium had already secured their place in the Euro 2024 finals, scheduled to be held in Germany next year, in contrast, Sweden had no chance of qualifying for the tournament.
The shooting, which occurred near Boulevard d’Ypres, targeted two individuals who were seen wearing Sweden football shirts.
Fans were initially asked to stay inside the stadium for their own safety.
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