The UEFA European Championship 2026 qualifying match Group F between Belgium and Sweden at King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, has been canceled after 45 minutes played due to an attack in Brussels and 2 Swedish fans died due shot.
The shooting took place around 7.15 p.m., an hour and a half before kickoff. The two fans who were shot were wearing shirts of the Swedish national team. There have also been injuries. The perpetrator, who shot around with a Kalashnikov-like weapon, fled.
A video is circulating on social media in which a man, probably the perpetrator of the shooting, says in Arabic that he avenges the deaths of Muslims and that he has shot three Swedes. In it, according to ‘Sudinfo,’ he says that he is a member of IS (Islamic State), and he boasts of having murdered infidels. “In his very violent speech, he said that he had shot two people to ‘avenge the Muslims and that we live and die for our religion,'” he said.
The 35,000 attendees were asked to remain seated in the King Baudouin Stadium, Brussel. They had to remain in place until the situation was under control. The intention was to clear the stadium around 11:30 PM, but the evacuation started fifteen minutes later. There was no panic, and the evacuation reportedly went smoothly.
However, after acknowledging the situation, the players from both teams decided not to continue playing. and decided canceled the match
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