Belgium issued a first-rate protection alert on Tuesday morning after a man called police pronouncing hewas carrying an explosive belt at a Brussels shopping mall.

The explosives grew to become out to be cookies and salt, but a suspect become arrested.Justice Minister Koen Geens said the suspect can also have ties to terrorists, however a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor stated his office turned into leaning in the direction of believing the incident to be a fake alarm,including that it became too early to realize for certain.

The suspect, diagnosed most effective by means of the initials J.B., called police about five:30 a.m. Tuesday claiming he have been kidnapped, strapped with an explosive belt and dumped on the City2shopping center.

the person turned into already regarded to authorities for making a call in advance in June claiming heturned into being recruited by means of the Islamic country in Syria. He had also been investigated fordifferent unnamed incidents and for mental health issues, The Wall road magazine pronounced.

The Brussels prosecutors’ office stated it couldn’t validate the person‘s claims of getting ties to IS.

Belgium high Minister Charles Michel said Tuesday’s incident changed intobeneath managebut thatprotection officers will remainextremely vigilant,” NBC information suggested.

Belgium has experienced numerous false alarms in latest days, which include one on Sunday thatbrought about the evacuation of the relevant teach station in Brussels.

The City2 buying plaza, where Tuesday’s incident occurred, had been under surveillance over the weekend. it’s miles an area wherein football lovers generally tend to acquire to watch euro 2016games. Police arrested 3 human beings there Saturday, suspecting they have been plotting to attackfootball enthusiasts watching games in public venues. They were charged with attempted homicide.
In March, attacks on the Maelbeek metro station and the Brussels Airport in Zaventem killed 32 human beings.