Friday, September 9, 2016
Photo ©Mahmoud Elsobky
Antwerpen, 8 September
The passengers of Tram 15 didnt expect when they stop at Diamnt station at 21:30 pm that there is a man with a bomb in his hands.
A man with a short beard in his twenties, carried a bomb in his hand threatening that his going to blow himself up,while police coming from everywhere to arrest him.
"Dont move." four policemen asked the man,while he was stable as if there is nothing dangerous in his hands and his action will lead to killing a lot of people.
"I was in the station waiting for the tram and the suspected was shouting next us,"said abo Ahmed,Palestinan refugee living in Antwerpen ."we didnt expect him to be a terroirist,we thought he is a man that has a problem.",he added.
"I got out of the tram to find myself in front of a young man with a bomb in his hands," said Mohamed a young refugee who was following Dutch lessons and going back to his house.
Panic lasted among the people who were in the tram station and ran quickly out of the station,while some women fell on the ground after taking the escalator.
"I saw another man was on the track and police stopped him,but was released minutes later as he was not with the man who was threatening to blow himself.
Abo Ahmed who was waiting the tram to go back to his family ran out the station a long with many others to save their souls from the bomb."I cant beleive that happened next to me.",said he.
Police and army men came from evrywhere to help arresting the suspected and announced closing Diamnt tram station till they end their checking of it.
Early Morning Antwerpen police tweeted that the package with the suspected was not a bomb.
Also,the Antwerpen public prosecutor has given an explanation of the incident Thursday night at the Central Station. There was panic because two men who quoted Koranic verses , were arrested, and DOVO arrived at the scene. The two men were arrested for "attack threat with seemingly dangerous substances"
Its noteworthy that Antwerpen is oneof the Belgian cities that received terrorist threats after Brussels attacks that took place on the morning of 22 March 2016, where three coordinated suicide bombings occurred in Belgium: two at Brussels Airport inZaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels. Thirty-two civilians and three perpetrators were killed, and more than 300 people were injured. Another bomb was found during a search of the airport. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks