Belgian army base attacked by lone gunman
دوشنبه 04 آبان 17:32
An attempted attack on an army barracks took place in Belgium as a masked gunman rammed a car into the gate and exchanged fire with soldiers before escaping the scene in a different vehicle.
The attack on the barracks was “very likely” to have been carried out by a mentally unstable person, RTL reports citing police sources. The police do not regard the incident as a terrorist attack.
The assailant's identity is not being revealed at this time, but a press conference will be held at 15:00 local time (14:00GMT), where more information is expected to be revealed.
The attack occurred earlier on Monday at the Flawine base in Namur.
"No one was hurt, it seems. The man is on the run," a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Namur told Reuters. "If I look at it from an outsider's point of view, it seems incomprehensible… Why would you attack a military barracks? There are plenty of weapons there to strike back.”
The area was cordoned by the police immediately after the attack and the Namur Police Academy has also been evacuated, as reported by RTL.
Later, police reported that the suspect had been caught.
The newspaper La Dernier Heure earlier reported that there were fears of an attempted bombing. A bomb disposal team was dispatched. But by the time the car was found in the nearby town of Belgrade, neither the bomb nor the suspect were to be found.
The base is home to 650 soldiers with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Commandos, a light infantry unit. However, when the attack occurred, only 50 soldiers were in the barracks with the rest of the unit taking part in military exercises abroad.