20 Jul '16, 2pm

Brussels police surround 'bomb suspect', cordon off city centre

BRUSSELS (AFP) – A language mix-up with an Iranian radiation student triggered a five-hour bomb alert on Wednesday (July 20) in central Brussels before police detained the man for questioning, police and officials said. Police backed by bomb disposal teams cordoned off part of the Belgian capital where they surrounded the man, who aroused suspicion because he was wearing a long winter jacket with wires protruding from it on a hot day. But Ghent University said he was in fact a student carrying equipment to compare radiation levels in the city and the countryside who was unable to answer police questions because he did not speak French or Flemish, which are Belgium’s languages. #Bomb threat in #Brussels - near Place de la Monnaie https://t.co/UeFpRTlwSO #Bruxelles pic.twitter.com/0vaohv1sM3 — Will Parker (@WillParkerBrx) July 20, 2016 Armed police surround suspicious man in...

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