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    Brussels on High Alert as Police, Bomb Squad Surround 'Suspicious Man'

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    Belgian police have a suspected man "under control" on a central square in Brussels, a police spokeswoman told Belgian media on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier, media reports said a police operation was underway in the Belgian capital. There have recently been a number of police raids and arrests in connection with possible terrorist threats

    ​Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere told Belgium’s Le Soir newspaper that a "suspicious situation" had unfolded at Place de la Monnaie, prompting police to intervene.

    ​A security officer reportedly alerted police after spotting a suspicious man in a long coat with protruding wires visible underneath. The suspect has not been arrested but police reportedly have the situation under control.

    A security perimeter was set up and part of the square, a nearby library and several shops were evacuated amid the ongoing operation.


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