Police stop Flixbus after passenger claims to have overheard plans for attack

The federal road police in East Flanders stopped a Flixbus from France to Brussels on Thursday morning. A passenger reportedly overheard three men on board talking about planning an attack and called the police, De Standaard reported.

"A Flixbus was stopped because some people on board are suspected of having a terrorist motive," the office of Justice minister Paul Van Tichelt (Open VLD) confirmed to De Standaard.

"During the morning, the police received a report," federal police spokesman An Berger also confirmed. The passenger could only say that he had heard three men talking about an attack. The interrogation and examination of the bus must reveal whether the three men were planning an attack. "The East Flanders public prosecutor's office will investigate this further," Berger said.

The bus was diverted to the federal road police's traffic post in Wetteren, a perimeter was set up, and special units were called in. Investigations at the scene are in full swing. "The bus was first examined from the outside," Berger said. The passengers and the interior of the bus were also checked.



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