Man held near Brussels mall, no explosives found

Brussels prosecutor says man has been arrested early Tuesday near shopping center, possibly carrying explosives

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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 0430 GMT this morning after a report of a man acting suspiciously near the City 2 shopping centre triggered a bomb alert, broadcaster RTL reported.

A suspect held in an anti-terror operation in Brussels was wearing a fake suicide vest, prosecutors said Tuesday. "No bomb has so far been found. The suicide vest found on a suspect was fake," the Brussels prosecutor's office said.

A closed street near the City2 mall in Brussels. (Reuters)
A closed street near the City2 mall in Brussels. (Reuters)
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