An anti-terror operation was launched at City 2, a Brussels shopping centre, Tuesday after a bomb threat was reported. However, the explosive vest found on the man was found to be fake.
According to a person who is present near the Brussels shopping complex, the entire street was locked down.
“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 had said.
Belgium’s crisis centre, which coordinates security measures, said it held a meeting with Prime Minister Charles Michel present to discuss the incident, news agency Reuters reported.
Highlights – Belgium shopping complex alert
1.14 pm: Brussels police find fake suicide bomb vest on suspect, say prosecutors, reported the AFP.
12.40 pm: The BBC reports, quoting sources in the security establishment, that no explosives were found on the man who reportedly claimed to be carrying a bomb in the Brussels shopping centre
12.27 pm: According to the Associated Press, the threat was reported at around 5.30 am (local time) and the response was immediate.
12.23 pm: Local media report that a suspect wearing an explosive belt has been arrested by Belgian authorities following the bomb alert. There was, however, no confirmation from authorities.
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12.15 pm: Here is a map of where the City 2 shopping complex is located
On March 22, two explosions hit Brussels Airport. A third blast hit Maelbeek metro station near the headquarters of the EU institutions, killing over 30 people and injuring at least 300.
More details are awaited. Keep refreshing for the latest updates as they come in.