February 2, 2015
The European Parliament (EP) was evacuated at noon today (2 February) after a bomb scare. A suspect, wearing a military uniform, was arrested soon afterwards by a special anti-terror police unit, according to local press.
The suspect had left a set of car keys in front of the Parliament, on Rue Montoyer. The institution’s security services evacuated four buildings after it was observed that “someone behaved suspiciously in the area” – likely the man in camos.
— José Miguel Sardo (@jmsardo) February 2, 2015
The Parliamentarium museum was also evacuated, and a bomb disposal unit with sniffer dogs, and a robot, were called in.
Déminage en cours Rue Montoyer a Bruxelles pic.twitter.com/uiqZ7WR5Vd
— José Manuel Hidalgo (@toro_bravo99) February 2, 2015
Other buildings or parts of the Parliament were unaware of the event.
Reading all kinds of messages on Twitter about a bomb threat outside European Parliament, noticing nothing inside pic.twitter.com/QVtEVpi1SY
— Marietje Schaake (@MarietjeSchaake) February 2, 2015
After blocking the streets around the parliament, the bomb disposal unit let everybody at 1pm.
A Brussels public prosecutor’s investigation was opened this afternoon.
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