Police fire shots in Ghent on Tuesday night

Police last night fired shots at a car that attempted to drive into their vehicle. Five suspects were detained, but fortunately nobody was injured.

A police officer had noticed "suspicious activity" in the vicinity of a police station: several people were forced into a car. A police van stopped by the car and several officers stepped out. The suspect car, a large Hyundai, attempted to speed off at that moment.

Ghent police spokesman Manuel Gonzalez: "Our officers were obliged to fire, to save themselves and to stop the car."

The car managed to set in motion but was stopped by a second police vehicle nearby. The five people in the vehicle were detained.

The Hyundai took several bullets: its windows are shattered and tyres are flat.

The shooting is not believed to be linked with the heightened terrorist alert across Belgium.