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Brussels police 'surround man wearing long coat and wires'

20 July 2016 • 4:54pm

Police in Brussels have surrounded a man wearing a "long coat and wires," a spokesman has told local media.

The man is understood to have been spotted acting suspiciously near Place de la Monnaie in the Belgian capital.

Police said the situation was "under control" but that they have not arrested the suspect.

They were alerted after a security guard saw the man was wearing a long winter coat on a hot day.

A bomb squad has been called to the scene and nearby shops evacuated.

There is already heightened security in Brussels ahead of its National Day festivities on Thursday.

"We decided to take no risks," a police spokesman said.

Another spokesman said the bomb disposal unit was still attending to the incident.

"We got a call about someone acting suspiciously. Someone with a heavy winter coat - in these temperatures it's very suspicious," Christian De Coninck of Brussels police told Belgian TV.

"And there were wires coming out of the coat too... we didn't take any risks. The person was stopped and kept at a distance.

"We are now waiting for more information from the bomb disposal unit which is at the scene now and then we'll know more."

4:54PM Alert is "false alarm"

Brussels police say the suspect was a student and the alert was a false alarm.

Local newspaper DH reported that the man was "studying radio waves" and that was why he had "wires" attached to his coat.

4:42PM Watch: Moment police confronted suspect

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4:41PM Special forces dispatched to scene

A special forces team have also arrived at the scene, according to the BBC.


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