Police Capture Man Who Held 15 Hostage in Belgian Supermarket

Police Capture Man Who Held 15 Hostage in Belgian Supermarket
Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:02:23

The armed attacker, who took people hostage in a supermarket in the Forest suburb of Brussels, has given himself up to the police, authorities have confirmed.

Eyewitnesses told the hostage-taking unfolded at about 7 p.m. local time, in a Carrefour chain store, after what they claimed was a robbery attempt gone wrong.

Those who managed to leave the supermarket said the suspect was armed with a knife, and forced shoppers to lie down on the floor, RT reports.

The area was quickly sealed off, and a special team, supported by a helicopter, was sent to disarm the suspect.

Within minutes, the man, who appeared to have issued no demands, was apprehended.

While there has been no suggestion that the hostage-taking was a terrorist attack, police and residents in the Belgian capital have been on high alert over potential incidents in public places, following a deadly airport and train station bombing in the city in March this year.

 

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