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Bomb squad find no explosives after scare in Brussels following high-speed police chase

A bomb disposal squad is deployed after Belgian police shot at a vehicle in the Brussels district of Molenbeek Credit: REUTERS
A bomb disposal squad is deployed after Belgian police shot at a vehicle in the Brussels district of Molenbeek Credit: REUTERS
Hundreds of people were kept in lockdown Credit: AP
The area was cordoned off as police inspected the vehicle Credit: AP
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Belgian bomb squad found no explosives after a man who claimed to be carrying a bomb in his car was stopped by police, Brussels prosecutors said on Tuesday.

"It's a mentally unstable person," a spokeswoman for prosecutors said. "The military did not find any explosive in his vehicle."

She said that the suspect was from Rwanda and was not known to have a police record.

The bomb scare was in the district of Molenbeek, a poor area with a large Moroccan Muslim population that was home to the Islamic State members who attacked Paris in November 2015.

Hundreds of people were kept in lockdown Credit: AP
Hundreds of people were kept in lockdown Credit: AP

Some 400 to 500 people were initially kept on lockdown while they investigated. 

Brussels has been on high alert since 32 people were killed in 2016 suicide attacks. Many suspects linked to those attacks and the November 2015 massacre in Paris lived in or transited through Molenbeek. 

The area was cordoned off as police inspected the vehicle Credit: AP
The area was cordoned off as police inspected the vehicle Credit: AP

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