There were two small explosions at the start of the operation at around 1pm. Eyewitnesses also report shots being fire. The busy Meiserplein was cordoned off but heavily-armed police offices and army trucks. A third explosion was heard at around 2:30pm. This was probably a controlled explosion carried out by the bomb disposal service DOVO.
The identity of the man that was shot has not been given. He has been taken to hospital with a leg injury. The man was shot at the Meiser tram stop on the Rogierlaan after he had twice refused a request from police refused to show them the contents of his rucksack.
The operation was more or less over by 3pm. Friday afternoon’s anti-terrorism sweep comes after 7 suspects were detained in anti-terror raids on Thursday evening and Friday morning.