Woman thought to have been an “explosive belt” detained in Brussels
A woman that went to a police station in the Brussels municipality of Sint-Joost-ten-Node on Monday and claimed that she was wearing an explosive belt has been apprehended at Brussels South Railway Station. The Brussels regional news platform Bruzz writes that the Brussels North Local Police Service has confirmed that a woman that was “acting suspiciously” was detained at the station.
The dailies ‘Het Nieuwsblad’ and ‘La Capitale’ say that the woman was wearing and explosive belt. However, the police will neither confirm nor deny this.
The Brussels North Local Police Service says that at around 9:10am on Monday a woman visited the police station on the Brabantstraat in Sint-Joost-ten-Node. She was acting suspiciously and left the police station almost immediately. Given her suspicious behaviour and the testimony of several witnesses, the police opened an investigation.
According to the dailies ‘La Capitale’ and ‘Het Nieuwsblad’ the woman was wearing an explosive belt or at the very least electrical wires were visible on her person. However, the police will neither confirm nor deny this.
The other 5 local police services in the capital were informed and asked to be on the lookout for the woman. CCTV images were used in the effort to locate her.
On Monday evening the woman was recognised and apprehended by officers from the Federal Railway Police. She will now be questioned.