Police in Antwerp, Belgium arrest attacker who drove into crowd

March 23 (UPI) — Police in Antwerp arrested a French nationwide from northern Africa for allegedly making an attempt to run down buyers on a busy thoroughfare Thursday morning.

Police recognized the suspect solely as “Mohamed R,” a 39-year-old dwelling in France. Witnesses stated he drove a small purple automotive right into a crowd on De Meir, the northern metropolis’s largest purchasing avenue. Pedestrians have been in a position to keep away from being hit and police responding to the scene have been in a position to cease the car and arrest the motive force, officers stated.

Police discovered a knife, a nonlethal riot gun and an unidentified liquid within the trunk.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel praised police for “excellent work” in apprehending the suspect and avoiding any casualties.

The incident comes a day after a person impressed by the Islamic State drove right into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, injuring dozens and killing two individuals earlier than attacking the British Parliament, the place he stabbed a police officer to dying. The suspect in that incident was killed by police.

The incident in Belgium got here a day after the one-year anniversary of the bombings in Brussels that killed 32 individuals.

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