Heard in Europe

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.

The Parliamentarium museum was also evacuated, and a bomb disposal unit with sniffer dogs, and a robot, were called in.

Other buildings or parts of the Parliament were unaware of the event.

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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