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    Belgium’s law enforcement officials ordered the metro in the third-largest city of Charleroi to shut down and evacuate after receiving a bomb threat, Belgian media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A man claimed in a telephone call with emergency services that a bomb was placed at a subway station in Charleroi’s Gilly section, according to Le Soir daily.

    Belgian police are searching for a "joker" who forced an evacuation of the subway system in the Belgian city of Charleroi after a bomb threat hoax.

    The investigation is now focused on identifying the caller, described by the outlet as a "joker," who was said to have spoken with a strong Northwest African accent.

    The bomb threat, in addition to the man’s claim that he was armed and walking through line 4 of the metro, forced an evacuation across the Charleroi subway system.

    After three hours of searches that did not uncover any suspicious package, the terror alert was lifted and the subway resumed operations, the newspaper said.

    Belgium is recovering from a deadly string of March 22 airport and metro suicide bombings in its capital Brussels that killed 32 civilians.

    Police were reportedly deployed to all stations and are searching for the alleged bomb.

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