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Belgium: Security alert in Brussels after man spotted with long coat and wires00:52

Belgium: Security alert in Brussels after man spotted with long coat and wires

Belgium, Brussels
July 20, 2016 at 14:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

A large police operation was underway near the Place de la Monnaie in the centre of Brussels, Wednesday, after police surrounded a man who was reportedly behaving suspiciously. According to Belgian media, the man was wearing a long coat in with wires protruding.

Local media released images of the man on his knees with his hands on his head with Belgian police aiming weapons at the man. Shops close to the scene were evacuated and several streets were closed off by local authorities. The bomb squad was also present at the scene.

The incident comes a day ahead of Belgium's National Day on Thursday July 21, with heightened security in Brussels for the festivities.

Belgium: Security alert in Brussels after man spotted with long coat and wires00:52
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A large police operation was underway near the Place de la Monnaie in the centre of Brussels, Wednesday, after police surrounded a man who was reportedly behaving suspiciously. According to Belgian media, the man was wearing a long coat in with wires protruding.

Local media released images of the man on his knees with his hands on his head with Belgian police aiming weapons at the man. Shops close to the scene were evacuated and several streets were closed off by local authorities. The bomb squad was also present at the scene.

The incident comes a day ahead of Belgium's National Day on Thursday July 21, with heightened security in Brussels for the festivities.