Brussels police opened fire on a vehicle packed with explosives after a high-speed chase through suburb of Molenbeek. Shots were fired at car after it became stuck in traffic and the driver reversed into a police car. Police cordoned off area and said to the residents to remain indoors while military units checked for explosives. Brussels police spokeswoman Dorothee Cattrysse told 400 to 500 people were being kept in stores.

Police spokeswoman Ine van Wymersch said ‘The man was driving suspiciously and failed to stop at a traffic light. When the police arrested him, he claimed to have explosives so not to take any risk, the army has been called in to check.’

Car was reportedly registered in Germany. It was understood man was alone. No one was injured. Molenbeek, a poor district of capital with a large Moroccan Muslim population, has been dubbed ‘jihadi capital of Europe’. It gained notoriety after an ISIS cell based there mounted suicide attacks on Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people. Associates of that group then attacked Brussels itself 4 months later, killing 32 people.

 

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