September 5th, 2012
10:46 AM ET

Bomb squad gives all clear at U.S. Embassy in Belgium

A Belgian military bomb squad investigated a suspicious vehicle outside the United States Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday, but found "nothing abnormal," officials said.

The building was "evacuated this afternoon as a precaution while Belgian authorities investigated a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity," the embassy said on Twitter.

The incident began when a police officer noticed that the car did not have the official plate required for parking by the diplomatic mission.

The officer checked and found something suspicious in the car, Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said.

She refused to say what prompted the officer's concern.

Police later said they saw wires coming from the car, but there was "nothing abnormal to report."

Technicians are continuing to investigate the vehicle, and police are trying to determine who owns it and how it came to be parked near the embassy, they said.

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  1. Manic Panic

    I wonder if shades of Brievek went through their minds?

    September 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Lol.
    They keep deleting my comment.
    Okay, whatever.

    @Manic Panic:
    I'm guessing they are going to be a bit gun shy when it comes to checking out unattended cars.
    I sincerely hope there will never be a repeti tion of Brievek's atrocities.

    September 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Nah! Brievek was no terrorist, just your run of the mill murder. lol

    September 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @saywhat:
      No, he's a terrorist...is every way, shape and form.

      September 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • nitpicky nate

      No, he was a mass murderer who hated muslims and decided to kill them.
      You could say he was a terrorist of sorts, a religious extremist, a nationalistic fascist, a real idiot or a hero to those who are as unprincipled as he is.
      He will be free in less than 20 years. What will he do then?

      September 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Hi @banasy
    My attempt at irony perhaps fell flat.
    This was not a terrorist of sorts @nitpickunate he is a terrorist to boot, satisfied with what he did and ready to do it again. The smirk on his face said it all as his connections with terrorist orgs elsewhere including US.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |