4 armed men enter house in Belgium, no terror links

2014-12-15 14:29
Special forces police install special equipment on a van, in Ghent, western Belgium. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP)

Special forces police install special equipment on a van, in Ghent, western Belgium. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP)

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Ghent - Four armed men have entered an apartment in the western Belgian city of Ghent, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area.

Police said on Monday that three hours after the men entered the apartment it was still unclear whether they had taken any hostages.

At first sight, it did not appear to be an act of terror, said federal police spokesperson Annemie Serlippens. "There appears to be nothing political. And it does not seem to be going that way."

By mid morning a big police operation had been set up in the working-class neighbourhood to keep bystanders away from the scene.

Media reported there already had been a hostage incident in Ghent linked to extortion two months ago.

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