Man detained near Brussels mall, anti-terror operation underway
Belgian police has detained a man suspected of carrying explosives near a shopping center in Brussels, following which the shopping complex, City2, has been evacuated.
The suspected terror threat has triggered a meeting of the Prime Minister Charles Michel and national crisis response team in Belgium. PM Michel has admitted the situation was “ very serious”.
Police has sealed off area around the shopping center and surrounding streets and an anti-terrorism operation is underway. Roads around Jardin Botanique Boulevard have been closed.
“A man was arrested at 5.30 this morning, possibly in possession of explosives. The bomb disposal team of the army is verifying whether this is the case,” a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor said.
Later, a security source said no explosives had been found from the suspect, according to Reuters.
Belgium has been on ‘high alert’ following the Islamic State suicide bombings attack at Brussels airport and on the city’s metro on March 22 which killed 32 people and wounded hundreds more.