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Terror in Belgium as armed man held for driving at crowd in Antwerp

On alert: Police officers stand next to a car which had entered the main pedestrianised shopping street in the city at high speed, in Antwerp, Belgium

By: Rithika Siddhartha

BELGIAN security forces arrested a French national today (March 23) after he tried to drive into a crowd of shoppers at high speed in the port city of Antwerp, officials said. Authorities found a rifle and bladed weapons in the car after the 39-year-old man tried to flee and was detained in the northern city, prosecutors said. The incident was the third in a week in the European Union after attacks at Orly airport in Paris and London, and came a day after the first anniversary of the Brussels suicide bombings that killed 32 people. “A vehicle with French plates…

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