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    Unconfirmed reports suggest that the gunmen took one person hostage.

    MOSCOW, December 15 (Sputnik) — A group of armed men have entered an apartment in the city of Gent, Belgium, creating a possible hostage situation, the BBC reports.

    Police have already sealed off the surrounding area. “They’re in the building but it’s not clear what’s going on inside,” a police spokesperson said, according to the agency.

    The siege is unfolding in the Dampoort district of the city. According to Newsweek, unconfirmed reports suggest that the gunmen took one person hostage.

    “There appears to be nothing political. And it does not seem to be going that way,” federal police spokeswoman Annemie Serlippens remarked, AP reports.

    Filip Rasschaert, head of local police, said that federal authorities are now in control of the operation, the BBC adds.

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