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A suitcase bomb packed with nails and gas bottles could have caused heavy casualties, Belgium's prime minister said Wednesday, a day after a soldier shot dead a Moroccan national attempting an attack on Brussels' Central Station.A security source named the dead man, identified officially only by the initials O.Z., as Oussama Zariouh. A counterterrorism prosecutor said he was a 36-year-old Moroccan citizen who lived in the Brussels borough of Molenbeek and had not been suspected of militant links. Police raided the man's home overnight, Van Der Sypt said.Molenbeek, a poor borough with a big Moroccan Muslim population, gained notoriety after a Daesh (ISIS) cell based there mounted suicide attacks on Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people. Associates of that group attacked Brussels itself four months later, killing 32 people.Prime Minister Michel insisted the country, which has been the most fertile European recruiting ground for Daesh in Syria and Iraq, would not bow to threats that have seen combat troops become a permanent fixture at public spaces in Brussels.
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