A French-Tunisian was arrested in Antwerp, Belgium after trying to drive a car full of unknown liquid disguised in a gas can, assault rifles and knives into a crowd of shoppers. A bomb squad was sent to the site of the disturbance by Belgian police due to reports of a car speeding dangerously through causing pedestrians to jump out of the way to avoid being killed or injured.
This attack occurred only hours after three people were killed by a similar attack in London by a terrorist who drove around precariously mowing down pedestrians and cyclists outside of the House of Commons before stabbing a policeman to death.
From Daily Mail:
Belgian police arrested a man named as Mohamed R, 39, on Thursday after he tried to drive into a crowd at high-speed in a shopping area in the port city of Antwerp at around 11am. The suspect, who has not been confirmed as a Muslim but is named after the religion’s prophet and is said to be of North African descent, was wearing camouflage when he was arrested.
Belgian security forces found a rifle as well as bladed weapons in the car driven by the Frenchman who tried to ram a crowd in the main pedestrianised street in the port city, described by the French President Francois Hollande as an ‘attempted terrorist attack’. The federal prosecutor’s office also said bomb disposal units were sent to the scene to examine the vehicle. ‘Different arms were found in the boot – bladed weapons, a riot gun (rifle) and a container of liquid that is still unidentified,’ the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
‘The suspect is Mohamed R, born on May 8, 1977, of French nationality and a resident of France,’ the statement said. The driver sped off after Belgian soldiers, who have been deployed around the country to assist the counter-terrorism fight, tried to stop the car. ‘A short while later, a rapid intervention force from Antwerp police was able to stop the car,’ the statement said.