Brussels: Police capure man who held 15 people hostage after botched robbery
A man who held 15 people hostage in a Brussels supermarket after a botched robbery on Tuesday gave himself up to police, authorities told AFP.world Updated: Oct 19, 2016 08:43 IST
A man who held 15 people hostage in a Brussels supermarket after a botched robbery on Tuesday gave himself up to police, authorities told AFP.
“The man turned himself in and there were no victims,” a police spokesman from the Brussels district of Forest in Belgium told AFP, adding that the situation lasted about an hour.
The incident took place around 7:00 pm (local time) at a Carrefour supermarket in Forest. The area was quickly closed off and police helicopters sent in to back up the rescue operation.
Police said the suspect was armed with a knife and apparently took the hostages after a robbery attempt went wrong.
Belgium has been on high alert since terror attacks in March at the Brussels airport and on a metro killed 32 people.