Anti-terror operation underway at Brussels shopping centre after bomb threat
21 June 2016, 12:05
Brussels – An anti-terror operation was underway at a shopping
centre in central Brussels on Tuesday, Belgian prosecutors told the Belga News
agency, adding that one suspect had been arrested.
Prime Minister Charles Michel was holding an emergency meeting
with members of his security cabinet, Belgian media reported.
The incident began at about 04:30 GMT on Tuesday morning after a report
of a man acting suspiciously near the City 2 shopping centre triggered a bomb
alert, broadcaster RTL reported.
A bomb squad team was deployed at the shopping centre, one of the
main retail hubs of the Belgian capital.
Belgium is still reeling from the Islamic State suicide bombings
at Brussels airport and on the city's metro on March 22 which killed 32 people
and wounded hundreds more.
And the incident comes only days after Belgian authorities charged
three men with "attempted terrorist murder" after raiding dozens of
homes linked to a reported threat to fans during a Euro 2016 football game.