2017-08-09 11:23:48 UTC
zones for gays, women and Jews. It's a literal Mos Eisley of Islamist
Brussels police open fire on car 'with explosives inside' after high-speed
chase through Molenbeek
Police in Brussels say they have opened fire on a vehicle after a high-speed
chase in the suburb of Molenbeek.
The driver reportedly told officers there were explosives inside the
The area was cordoned off and police advised residents to remain indoors
while military units checked for explosives, Belgium's federal prosecutors
Belgian broadcaster RTL quoted a police spokesman as saying that shots were
fired at the vehicle after it became stuck in traffic and the driver
reversed into a police car.
The report said that the vehicle is registered in Germany.
A police spokesman told RTL: "We got the driver out, and he immediately told
us that there were explosives inside."
Brussels prosecutor's spokeswoman Ine Van Wymersch said the suspect was
alone and no one was injured. Witnesses on the scene heard two controlled
Molenbeek, a poor district of the capital with a large Moroccan Muslim
population, gained notoriety after an Isis cell based there mounted suicide
attacks on Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people.
Associates of that group attacked Brussels itself four months later, killing