The arrest of the suspect who was wearing a false explosive belt on Tuesday morning on the Brussels Rue Neuve has now been confirmed. The explosive belt he was wearing, in fact, contained only salt and biscuits. The Brussels Prosecutor’s Office has indicated this. The man claims to have been driven in a car, which was found in Schaerbeek, and dropped off at the Rue Neuve in Brussels.
Born in 1990, he stated that the explosive belt, which he was wearing, could be activated remotely by a third party. A large security area was cordoned off by the police around the Rue Neuve, before being lifted.
The man is known to the law, particularly for having psychiatric problems. Recently, he contacted the police to indicate that he had been incited to join Islamic State in Syria. An investigation was opened into the matter but at this stage his statements in connection with this have neither been confirmed nor denied.