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French man tried to hit crowd on his truck in Antwerp, Belgium
19:08, 23 March 2017
French man tried to hit crowd on his truck in Antwerp, Belgium

Belgian police intercept speeding car and arrested a driver

19:08, 23 March 2017

AP

Belgian police intercepted a car that was speeding toward a busy shopping area and refused to stop in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp, Metro reports citing local authorities.

Prosecutors have confirmed the suspect arrested is a French national and said they found knives, a shotgun and a gas can with an unknown liquid.

He has been identified as 39-year-old Mohamed R, a French national of North African origin and living in France.

Police in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp said the man tried to enter the main pedestrianised shopping street in a car at high speed.

Related: London attack: five people dead, forty wounded

Images posted on social media show investigators at the scene.


The area is still cut off by the police. 

The incident comes one day after an attack in London, which also started with a driver plowing into people with a vehicle and killed four people.

Related: London attack: police say attack is treated as terrorism

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