Terrorist threat – alert for anthrax at the Great Mosque in Brussels was probably flour
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    Terrorist threat – alert for anthrax at the Great Mosque in Brussels was probably flour

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    On Thursday, the Grand Mosque in Brussels – located in the Cinquantenaire Park – received several envelopes containing white powder. According to initial findings from the laboratory of civil protection, the powder found is harmless and would most likely be flour, announced on Thursday the Brussels-Ixelles police zone.

    Eleven people, including two policemen, were preventively “decontaminated”. According to Pierre Meys, spokesman of the Brussels fire department, they showed no signs or symptoms and were taken care of locally by the TAG team (anti-gas team).

    The laboratory of civil protection arrived on the scene to pick up the suspicious envelopes for analysis and the anthrax device was triggered. The Service for the Clearance and Destruction of Explosive Devices (service d’enlèvement et de destruction d’engins explosifs (SEDEE)) also visited the site to determine if the product found in the envelopes was explosive or not. 

    Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)