The men broke into an apartment in the Dampoort area, where they have taken a hostage
The men broke into an apartment in the Dampoort area of this city, situated in northern Belgium, where they have taken a hostage, according to local authorities, quoted by the Belgian RTBF broadcast.
Police isolated the area of the incident in the Dampoort district, and a special unit is ready to intervene.
„We have closed a security perimeter and asked the residents to remain in their homes for safety reasons. So far, nobody has been evacuated” said a spokesperson of the Gent police force.
A spokesperson of the Gent Prosecution said that “for now, there is no indication that the incident is terrorist-related, Islamic State-related or has anything to do with what is happening right now in Sydney”.
On Monday morning (local time), an armed man took several hostages in a café in the financial district of the Sydney Australian metropolis, and forced them to show the Islamic flag in the establishment’s windows.