EU Parliament evacuated over Security scare

February 3, 2015 6:27 am

Policemen and a security officer stand outside a European Parliament building in Brussels after a security scare. Photo / AP

A suspect has been detained following a security scare that led to the evacuation of European Parliament buildings in Brussels.
The
country has been on high alert since mid-January, when police carried
out a series of raids, acting on information that a terrorist cell was
on the verge of launching an attack. Two suspects were killed in one
raid, in eastern .
Overnight NZ time, several of the
parliament’s administrative offices and its visitor centre were
evacuated after a suspicious vehicle was found parked nearby. The main
building was unaffected, parliament spokeswoman Marjory van den Broeke
told DPA.
Brussels is home to many of the EU’s main institutions.
The
police later apprehended a suspect dressed in military uniform and
behaving in a conspicuous manner, the Brussels prosecution services said
according to Belga agency. The man had a vehicle key on him.

Police and military explosives experts searched the suspicious
vehicle, but no explosives were found, Belga reported. The security
perimeter was lifted and people were allowed back into the buildings.
Earlier,
another suspicious vehicle was spotted near the US embassy in Brussels,
Belga reported. The car was later found to contain no dangerous items,
and the alarm was lifted half an hour later.

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