EOS Alerts 22-6-2017
Belgium: Brussels Station Attacker Identified
Failed terrorist attacker identified as Moroccan national Oussama Zariouh
A suspected terrorist, who attempted to carry out an attack at Brussels Central Station, has been identified as 36-year-old Moroccan national Oussama Zariouh. Zariouh was from Monlenbeek, which has been branded as the ‘jihadi capital of Europe,’ and an ‘Islamic hotspot.’ Many of the suspects involved in the Paris attacks grew up and lived in Molenbeek, including terrorist mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Abdeslam brothers and Mohamed Abrini, who was also involved in the Brussels attacks. Although officials have said that Zariouh was not on their radar for links to terrorism, local media has reported that he was a well-known sex offender and others have said he was often involved in drug crime.
Following the twin suicide bombings that hit Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station, Belgium has been on high alert since March 2017. Those operating or residing in Belgium are advised to be aware of current threat of Islamic extremism in the country. The attempted terrorist attack is indicative of the fact that Islamic extremists operate in Belgium and intend to conduct attacks. Be aware of the potential for both indiscriminate lone wolf terrorist attacks and planned coordinated terror attacks to take place. Take particular care when visiting densely populated tourist sites. Report any suspicious packages, behaviour or activity to the authorities and remain vigilant.