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Brussels: 2 shot dead by Islamist gunman

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Two people have been shot dead in the Belgian capital Brussels on Monday evening, police have said.

The gunman fled the scene and is still at large, the BBC has reported.

Local media said the victims were Swedish, although it is unclear as to whether they were in Brussels for a Euro 2024 qualifying game against Belgium.

A video posted to social media a man speaking Arabic (pictured left), and who used the name ‘Slayem Slouma’, said he carried out the attack in the name of Allah,  claiming that he has killed three people. The alleged attacker  to boast about the two murders on Facebook, adding he sought to avenge the killing of a six-year-old US-Palestinian boy.

The Federal Prosecutor’s office has confirmed it has seen the video but cannot confirm he is the gunman. The video is being verified by the police, the BBC was told.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said an investigation had been opened but did not speculate on the gunman’s motive.

The attack happened at around 19:00 local time (17:00 GMT; 18:00 BST) near the Boulevard d’Ypres in central Brussels.

A social media video shared by newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws said on Monday, but not verified by BBC News, showed a man wearing a fluorescent jacket get off a scooter armed with what appears to be an assault-style rifle before entering a nearby glass-fronted building.

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