Antwerp police stop van with heavily armed men

The Antwerp police stopped a van containing several heavily armed men on Tuesday evening on IJzerlaan. The Gazet van Antwerpen reported this, and the news has been confirmed to Belga. Further investigation and interrogation will reveal what the group was planning to do and whether there is a link with a significant cocaine seizure in the port earlier in the day.

The Antwerp local police do not want to comment on the substance of the case. "I can confirm that our arrest unit (SRT), with the support of dispatching, the Realtime Intelligence Center (RTIC), emergency response and a high-risk protection (HRP) unit, took a high-risk action yesterday in the evening," says spokesperson Wouter Bruyns. The public prosecutor's office can also not address what the suspects may have planned.

Earlier on Tuesday, "several tonnes" of cocaine were seized in the port of Antwerp. According to FPS Finance, customs caught the drugs at Quay 1742 in a shipment of soy meal.

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