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Man detained in central Brussels mall, was wearing fake bomb vest

Belgium's crisis centre, which coordinates security measures, said it was holding a meeting, with Prime Minister Charles Michel present, to discuss the incident. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Brussels, Belgium Jun 21, 2016, 06.58 AM (IST)

Belgian police detained a man near a central Brussels shopping centre early on Tuesday, triggering a meeting of the prime minister and the national crisis response centre. He was wearing a fake bomb vest.

The area around the City2 shopping centre, a major commercial hub in the centre of the Belgian capital, was sealed off.

"No bomb has so far been found. The suicide vest found on a suspect was fake," the Brussels prosecutor's office said.

"A man was arrested at 5.30 this morning, possibly in possession of explosives. The bomb disposal team of the army is verifying whether this is the case," a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor had earlier said.

Belgium's crisis centre, which coordinates security measures, said it was holding a meeting, with Prime Minister Charles Michel present, to discuss the incident.

(Reuters)

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