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US embassy in Brussels evacuated as suspect vehicle investigated

The US embassy in Brussels was evacuated while police investigate a suspect vehicle, officials and police said.

"I can confirm we have been evacuated. There was a suspect vehicle," said Viktor Sidabras, the spokesman for the US mission to the European Union.

A police officer in protective clothing inspects the suspect vehicle. Credit: APTN

Belgian news agency Belga said police closed several main routes out of the city and sealed off a security zone around the embassy

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Eyewitness: a dozen people were in mosque

An eyewitness has told local media that there were a dozen worshippers in the mosque when a man attacked with a petrol bomb. An imam died as a result of smake inhalation, and another person was injured. Azzedine Laghmish told Belgium's national broadcaster RTBF:

A dozen worshippers were waiting to pray when someone entered with a bag. Inside there was a container full of petrol which he threw into the centre of the room. The fire took hold very quickly. The imam tried to put it out but he found himself stuck in a room.

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