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Man Arrested in Brussels for Bomb Threat Hoax

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 21, 2016

Man Arrested in Brussels for Bomb Threat Hoax

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On Tuesday, police were forced to shut down a portion of downtown Brussels after a man claimed he had been kidnapped and equipped with a bomb strapped to his chest.

The bomb squad soon discovered that the explosive belt was actually a hoax and filled with salt and cookies. The man was arrested a short time later.

According to, the suspect called police early Tuesday morning from a shopping center in Brussels and reported that he had been kidnapped and the bomb strapped to his chest was controlled by a third party.

Belgian police were forced to shut down the shopping center, as well as the surrounding streets which included one of the city's busiest metro stations. The bomb squad was called to the scene and discovered that it was a hoax. Once authorities realized there was no real threat, the area was reopened to locals and travelers.

The man was taken into custody by police and questioned. Investigators are trying to determine if there are any ties to terrorism with the suspect, who previously told police that he had been asked to join ISIS while in Syria, according to the Brussels prosecutor's office.

The incident comes on the heels of ISIS attacks on the city in March, which killed 32 people at Brussels airport and subway station.


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