Police detain man in Brussels supermarket hostage incident

By REUTERS
October 18, 2016 22:23

BRUSSELS - Belgian police said they detained a man who held about 15 people hostage in a supermarket on Tuesday evening in the Brussels suburb of Forest, adding that nobody was harmed.

Belgian public broadcaster RTBF said the man was armed with a knife. Another state broadcaster, VRT, said the incident might have been related to a failed robbery attempt.It was not immediately clear if the man had surrendered or been overpowered.

There was no suggestion from police that the hostage-taker had Islamist links. Suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State killed 32 people in Brussels in March.


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