Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bomb scare near U.S. embassy in Brussels a false alarm

(Reuters) - A bomb scare which forced an evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Brussels and the Belgian Defence Ministry on Wednesday turned out to be a false alarm, police said.

Hundreds of U.S. diplomats and ministry employees were evacuated from their buildings after a suspicious minivan was noticed parked nearby.

After around 45 minutes, during which major avenues of central Brussels were gridlocked with traffic, a bomb squad declared the vehicle safe and police gave the all clear.

Ilse Van de Keere, a police spokeswoman, said officers on a routine patrol were suspicious of the vehicle because it carried reproduction number-plates and had wires hanging loose inside.

A bomb disposal unit was called but discovered nothing suspect. Read More