STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

European Parliament Headquarters Evacuated After Bomb Alert

Published: 03rd February 2015 12:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2015 12:25 AM   |  A+A-

BRUSSELS: Offices in the headquarters complex of the European Parliament here were evacuated Monday after a suspiciously-parked vehicle led to fears of a car bomb, parliamentary sources said.

Staff members, including employees of the European Parliament communications section, were transferred to the parliament's main building a few hundred metres away.

One person was later reported to have been detained by police for questioning concerning the car.

The evacuation was a "precautionary measure", said spokesperson for the European Parliament Jaume Duch and noted that there was "no indication" there were actually any explosives in the car.

Several buildings were evacuated by explosives experts of the Belgian security forces who finally towed the suspicious vehicle away.

The area remained under heavy guard by members of the Belgian police.

Since last month's terror attacks in Paris, the Belgian government has deployed troops around European Union institutions in Brussels in addition to embassies, synagogues and museums, and has increased the security alert in the country to level three of four.

Also on Monday, police inspected another car parked illegally in the vicinity of the US embassy, but it proved to be a false alarm.

Police strengthened the security perimeter around the embassy after a man left his car in front of the building, an area where parking is not allowed, La Dernière Heure newspaper reported.

That operation paralysed one of the main streets of the Belgian capital for about an hour, causing major traffic jams, until the police could verify that there was no danger.

"Yes, there have been an operation, but ultimately it was nothing," sources from Brussels police said, declining to provide more details.

A few hours before dawn Sunday, around 2,500 people were evicted from a public events venue in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean district, which has been the scene of anti-jihadi operations by police in recent weeks.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp