Brussels police open fire on auto; no explosives found

Brussels police

SUD PRESSEThe driver claimed to have explosives inside the car reports claim

Brussels police on Tuesday fired on explosive laden vehicle and arrested the driver.

Police fired once at the auto, which was involved in two collisions during the chase, Brussels prosecutor's spokeswoman Ine Van Wymersch told The Associated Press.

In breaking news this evening, a situation is now developing in Brussels, Belgium as police have managed to chase down a suspected bomb-laden vehicle.

Shots were fired after a high-speed chase through the suburb of Molenbeek. Belgian broadcaster RTL reported the shots were fired after the auto became stuck in traffic and reversed into a police vehicle.

Public prosecutor, Ine Van Wymersch, said: "Given the suspect's statements, we preferred not to take any risks..."

"When they got the person out, he immediately claimed that there were explosives inside", Van Wymersch said.

The auto, Citroen Picasso, was registered in Germany. A bomb disposal squad are on the scene and are using a robotic bomb detector to search the vehicle.

Molenbeek is a poor neighbour of Brussels that gained notoriety after an Islamic State cell based there the Paris attacks in November 2015 that killed 130 people. Associates of that group attacked Brussels itself four months later, killing 32 people.

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