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An attempted knife attack in Brussels was prevented last night after the suspect was shot by the soldiers he attempted to attack.

The attacker later died in hospital due to his injuries. 

The two soldiers who were attacked received superficial wounds. 

Belgium's federal prosecutors have said that they are treating the event as 'an attempted terrorist murder.'

The 30-year-old attacker reportedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar' twice during the attack, according to a spokesperson for the federal prosecutor. 

'All our support is with our soldiers,' tweeted Prime Minister Charles Michel. 

'Our security services remain on alert. We are following the situation closely.'



Belgian troops shot dead a suspected suicide bomber in Brussels Central Station last night.

The suspect detonated a device in the railway station, causing a small explosion.

No one was hurt or killed in the attempted terror attack. 

Police have since identified the man, but have not made his identity known to the public as of yet, according to RTÉ.

'The terrorist's identity is known' said Interior Minister Jan Jambon.

'We have been able to identify him.'

Officers believe the man was wearing an explosive belt at the time of the attack. 

It has been reported that the man lay undisturbed for several hours while a bomb squad checked for more explosives.

'This is considered as a terrorist attack,' federal prosecutor’s office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told The Guardian.

 'The suspect has been neutralised by the military that were present at the scene immediately after the explosion.'



European Union leaders have agreed today that Northern Ireland will automatically become part of the EU if a future Border poll shows favour of a united Ireland.

The decision was made at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels to discuss the implications and effects of Brexit on Ireland which concluded this afternoon. 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Ireland’s difficulties in regards to border negotiations were understood by European leaders.

The leaders of the remaining EU states also approved guidelines for how the EU trading bloc will conduct its Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom.

European Council president Donald Tusk said the summit had approved the guidelines in less than a minute, according to The Irish Times.


The Government's controversial plans to make wine, beer and spirits more expensive has hit something of a speed bump… and now may not be implemented at all. 

Although the proposals have been given the nod by the European Health Commissioner the move may still be illegal in the eyes of Brussels. 

That's because of the European single market – a basis under which some ten mainly alcohol-producing EU countries have now objected to Ireland's plans for more pricey booze. 

Ireland has a per capita consumption of ten litres per annum, a figure which puts us behind the likes of the Czech Republic, Russia, Austria and Lithuania – but globally still very much in the Top Ten drinking nations. 

We currently consume about the same amount as France and Australia.

Whether the proposed bills makes it through the Oireachtas will also largely rest of the success of a similar bid to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland. 

There, the EU has said that the proposals CAN be implemented on public health grounds – but only if there are no other alternatives. 



One lucky Irish teen has spoken about her near miss in Brussels as more than 30 people are feared dead after terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital this morning. 

The city was struck by three explosions as alleged suicide bombers targeted both the airport and metro stations nearby. 

Shealyn Caulfield, a native of county Antrim, was heading to Brussels airport to catch her flight home with around twenty other youths when the attacks occurred. 

"We missed our first train to the airport so we were 10 minutes behind schedule and missed the bombing by a few minutes," said Shealyn to Belfast Live. 

"As soon as we arrived at the airport we were told to sprint out of the emergency exits. We then were walking towards a metro and were told that there had been another bombing in the metro stations and that public transport was shut down.

"The metro station that we were at this morning outside of our hotel was also bombed.

"We are currently waiting on a private hire coach that the youth service have paid to (go to) Amsterdam and we will get home from there.

"I am part of a group of 20 youths and we are currently in a pub with the locals watching the news and keeping our families updated.

"We have all rallied together and although there has been some tears the moral is high. We definitely have been super lucky."

The Prime Minister of Belgium has not yet confirmed whether the attacks were as a result of the arrest of the prime suspect of the Paris attacks last week.