A French man who may be Muslim is now in custody after he attempted to drive a car that was full of knives and assault rifles into a crowd at high speed.
The attempted attack in Antwerp, Belgium, took place along a popular shopping street. Pedestrians ran for their lives and jumped out of the way to avoid being hurt.
This happened just hours after the deadly attack in London, England where an Islamic terrorist mowed down pedestrians and cyclists outside the House of Commons before being killed by a police officer.
This is what we know:
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 dissent, was wearing camouflage when he was arrested.
Belgian security forces found a rifle as well as bladed weapons in a car driven by a Frenchman who tried to ram a crowd on Thursday in the port city of Antwerp.
The federal prosecutor’s office also said bomb disposal units were on 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.
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