Security scare after Spanish warning
21 September 2005, BRUSSELS – Security was tightened in Brussels European quarter as a result of a direct warning from the Spanish intelligence services, it has emerged.
21 September 2005
BRUSSELS – Security was tightened in Brussels European quarter as a result of a direct warning from the Spanish intelligence services, it has emerged.
According to La Derniere Heure, the Spanish services contacted their Belgian counterparts with information that a car bomb may be detonated beside the Justus Lipsius Council building.
Traffic circulation was stopped for several hours in the streets near the building, home to the Council of Ministers of the European Union.
The Spanish information indicated that a suicide car bomb would be triggered through a fake road accident near to the building.
The security services reported several vehicles leaving Spain and crossing France on the way to Belgium.
One, or several, of the cars was believed to be loaded with explosives.
Although the Belgian security services judged the threat to be weak, they decided to take strong protective measures as a precaution.
Road blocks were set up to filter the traffic and certain vehicles were singled out to be searched.
Entrances to the Justus Lipsius were also blocked by sandbags and armed guards were visible on the streets.
The police said the exercise had also been useful in spotting shortfalls in their anti-terror plans.
According to a spokesman, one lesson that had been learned was that it was necessary to block the Reyers tunnel near to the Schuman district to stop blocked motorists being intoxicated by dangerous fumes.
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Subject: Belgian news