BRUSSELS has been on lockdown earlier this evening and several streets have been cordoned off as well as public transport halted because of a ‘terror police’ operation.
Express, By Laura Mowat
PUBLISHED: 19:13, Mon, Dec 19, 2016
Police on the streets during the Brussels lockdown
Five tram lines stopped their services because of police orders.
There is speculation that the operation is linked to terrorism investigation.
According to Belgium press, one armed person was arrested during the lockdown.
A police officer said: “Several streets have been blocked, operations are in progress, but we will not give any details tonight.”
The police lifted the lockdown at around 8pm.
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Trams in Brussels have been halted
Several streets have been blocked, operations are in progress, but we will not give any details tonight
One Twitter user said: “Lock down in our part if Brussels. Police sent me back in. Lots of sirens out there.”
In October two Belgian police officers were attacked in Schaerbeek in an incident classified as a suspected terrorist act.
The political journalist, Thomas Gadisseux, tweeted: “Terrorist operation happening in Schaerbeek near to the Liedts place. A large number of police officers have been deployed since the beginning of the day.”
A number of streets in the capital of Belgium have been seeled off.
Schaerbeek is just five km away from the principally Muslim area of Molenbeek where the Abdeslam brothers lives, who were behind the Paris terrorist attacks.
A press announcement is due to take place at 11am tomorrow morning with more information about the police operations.