No ex­plo­sives found af­ter Bel­gian chase

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BRUS­SELS — Bel­gian pros­e­cu­tors said no ex­plo­sives were found in a car stopped by po­lice gun­fire af­ter a high­speed chase in the Brus­sels sub­urb of Molen­beek.

Po­lice chased the car af­ter the driver ran a red light and the ve­hi­cle was in­volved in two wrecks be­fore it was fi­nally stopped, said Ine Van Wymer­sch, a spokesman for the Brus­sels pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice.

“When the per­son got out, he im­me­di­ately claimed that there were ex­plo­sives in­side,” Van Wymer­sch said.

She de­clined to iden­tify the sus­pect but said he was a Rwan­dan cit­i­zen born in 1981 who was not pre­vi­ously known to po­lice.

A few hun­dred peo­ple were kept in nearby shops as a pre­cau­tion while heav­ily pro­tected army bomb-dis­posal ex­perts were called in to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion.

The all-clear was given just over three hours af­ter the car was stopped. No one was in­jured.

AP/OLIVIER MATTHYS

A po­lice of­fi­cer speaks to sol­diers Tues­day in the Molen­beek sub­urb of Brus­sels.

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