Bomb hits crime laboratory in Brussels

Cheryl Sanders
August 31, 2016

The Brussels prosecutor is dismissing reports that a bomb exploded early Monday outside Belgium's criminal institute, describing the incident as more likely an arson attack created to destroy criminal evidence.

Local media had reported that one or more people had driven a auto through three of the institute's fences, before detonating a bomb that may have caused the subsequent fire. No casualties have been reported. "It's a criminal act", Ine Van Wymersch, spokeswoman of the Brussels prosecutor's office, was quoted as saying by Reuters. "The lab's windows were ejected several tens of meters".

The area was also home to Bilal Hadfi, one of the suicide bombers who carried out the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

Fire service spokesperson, Pierre Meys, said: "It was probably not accidental".

The independent institute, linked to Belgium's federal justice body, is in Neder-Over-Heembeek, a suburb in the north of Brussels.

Some 30 firefighters helped put out the resulting fire at the National Institute of Criminology, which media said suffered "significant" damage.

Belgium remains on maximum security alert since the trio of deadly bombings in March at Brussels airport and in the city's Metro system.

RTL broadcaster reported earlier that a vehicle had rammed through three protective fences before the fire in the building triggered a blast.

UDoes explosion of unknown origin occurred in the night between Sunday and Monday at the National Institute of Forensic and Criminology, Brussels (NCIC).

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