Toxic substance thrown into Brussels metro carriage by pickpockets
The people who threw a poisonous substance into a Brussels metro carriage on Saturday night were pickpockets who used the substance as a tactic to rob passengers, according to the Brussels public prosecutor. Two people were taken to hospital following the incident.
The event occurred on metro line 6 at approximately 19.00. A man who left the train at Delacroix station threw a bottle of liquid into the carriage behind him. Several passengers soon developed eye irritation and breathing problems. All passengers were evacuated at Brussels West station, and the emergency services were notified. The fire brigade arrived and took two people to hospital.
The Brussels public prosecutor's office was informed of the incident and ordered initial investigations, including analysing the camera images.
"According to the initial results of the investigation, two perpetrators tried to rob several passengers," said prosecutor's spokesperson Stefan Vandevelde. "To facilitate the theft, they used a bottle of ammonia. The investigation is active, and in the interest of the inquiry, the prosecutor's office will not comment further on this case."