Brussels police mistakes physics student for terrorist
21:41, 20 July 2016

Brussels police mistakes physics student for terrorist

It was false alarm

21:41, 20 July 2016

Antiterrorist operation in Brussels was caused by a false alarm, according to the Yevropeyska pravda with reference to Le Soir.

According to local media, a suspicious man who was mistaken for a terrorist turned out to be a physics student who studies radiation and propagation of waves.

The man was dressed in a long winter coat despite the fact it was about 30 degrees Celsius in Brussels. Upon arrival, the police asked the man to open his coat, and then they noticed that a lap belt with the hanging wires. They called for mine clearance specialists, nearby shops were evacuated, and the streets were blocked.

"We got a call about a suspicious person. Someone was in a winter coat at that temperature. It was very suspicious and there were wires that come out of the coat. We did not risk. The man was stopped and kept at a distance", said the representative of the Belgian police.

Preventive police operation took place near the square at the Theatre de la Monnaie in the center of the Belgian capital. Security forces surrounded the man who was behaving suspiciously and was dressed in a "long coat with wires hanging out".

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