En fransk statsborger, Mohamed R., er pågrepet i Antwerpen etter å ha forsøkt å kjøre en bil i høy fart rett inn i en folkemengde.
I bilen hadde han flere kniver, gevær og en gassbeholder.
#BREAKING Man arrested trying to drive into crowd in Belgium’s Antwerp: police
— AFP news agency (@AFP) 23. mars 2017
Ifølge de første opplysningene skal mannen ha forsøkt å kjøre en bil i full fart inn i en shoppinggate i Antwerpen.
Mannen, som er av nordafrikansk herkomst, ble stoppet og kunne siden pågripes av politi. I bilen hadde han våpen, skriver Gazet van Antwerpen.
Avisen skriver også at den pågrepne er kjent som en radikal muslim.
Cops in the Belgian capital reportedly foiled the plot and detained the 39-year-old man, who is a French national of North-African descent and was carrying weapons, after he ran a through a red traffic light, Antwerp police chief Serge Muyters said.
The man was arrested on Thursday after he tried to drive into a crowd at high-speed in a shopping area in the port city, a police spokesman said.
“The suspect is Mohamed R., born on May 8, 1977, of French nationality and a resident of France,” the statement said.
Cops have confirmed the suspect was carrying knives, a rifle and a gas can with an unknown liquid at the time of the arrest.
“A man in camouflage was taken away,” the spokesman told a televised news conference in Antwerp.
Eyewitnesses said they saw many terrified people being forced to jump out of the way as the speed of the car increased.
The Antwerp plot was foiled when the car was stopped as it jumped a red light, and a safety perimeter established around it immediately, said a local police source.
The driver sped off after Belgian soldiers, who have been deployed around the country to assist the counter-terrorism fight, tried to stop the car.
“A short while later, a rapid intervention force from Antwerp police was able to stop the car,” the statement said.
Politiet opplyser at bilen hadde franske registreringsskilt.
Hendelsen inntreffer dagen etter terroren i London da en mann meide ned og drepte fotgjengere med bil på Westminster Bridge.