Man dies after blowing himself up on football field in Belgium
A man died today after blowing himself up with a grenade on an empty football field in the eastern Belgian town of Verviers in an apparent suicide, prosecutors said in a statement.
Prosecutors said a witness contacted local police to report that a man seen walking into the center of the football field had blown himself up.
The victim, 65, whose name was not made public, "was quickly identified as a local resident and a former career soldier," the statement said.
Contacted earlier by the AFP, the federal prosecutor's office handling terror cases said that it was not responsible for this case, suggesting that police did not believe the incident involved terrorism.
Belgium was hit by jihadist attacks that killed 32 people on March 22, 2016.
An Islamic state terrorist cell was dismantled in January 2015 in Verviers that involved three jihadist returnees from Syria.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, considered the head of the terrorist teams that struck in Paris and Brussels in 2015 and 2016, is suspected of having supervised this cell from Greece.
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