Suspect confesses to bomb threats in Brussels and Walloon schools

A man arrested in Morocco on Tuesday has admitted responsibility for a series of fake bomb threats called into schools in Brussels and Wallonia, the Brussels public prosecutor's office reported. "The initial findings of the investigation indicate that the suspect has no terrorist motives," the prosecutor's office said.

At the end of October and the beginning of November, there were ​ reports of a series of bomb threats involving about 30 schools in Brussels and Walloon Brabant. Following another bomb threat on Sunday evening, the schools stayed closed on Monday, affecting approximately 10,000 students.

The Brussels public prosecutor's office initiated an investigation into the threat sentto the Brussels Federal Judicial Police.

"The OSINT investigation team of the Federal Judicial Police Brussels, in collaboration with international partners, worked intensively to trace the source of these threats," said prosecutor's spokesperson Yasmina Vanoverschelde. "With the help of advanced technologies and close cooperation with Moroccan authorities, they managed to locate a suspect and proceed with the arrest."

The prosecutor's office said the arrested man, who holds Moroccan nationality, was interrogated and admitted to the Moroccan authorities that he made the calls.


'L'Athenee royal de Paul Delvaux d'Ottignies school in Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve remained closed on Monday after bomb threats made on Sunday evening © BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ

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