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Brussels 'bomb alert' man was student measuring radiation

Published 20/07/2016

In this framegrab taken from APTN, a soldier walks along a street in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this framegrab taken from APTN, a soldier walks along a street in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/APTN)

Brussels police have said that the man they surrounded for wearing a "long coat with wires coming out" was a student measuring radiation levels.

The man was isolated and kept under armed guard near a library adjacent to Royal Monnaie Opera while police investigated.

A police officer shows tourists how to get around the cordoned off security area in central Brussels on July 20, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
A police officer shows tourists how to get around the cordoned off security area in central Brussels on July 20, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

But authorities now believe the man was a student studying waves and radiation in the Belgian capital.

Police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said no explosives were found and the man has been detained for questioning.

"Everything is under control," she added.

The incident came as Belgium remains on high alert after 32 people were killed in suicide blasts at Brussels Airport in March.

After the Bastille Day attack in Nice that left 84 people dead last week, security in Brussels has been further stepped up ahead of Thursday's independence day celebrations.

"We got a call about someone acting suspiciously. Someone with a heavy winter coat - in these temperatures it's very suspicious.

"And there were wires coming out of the coat too," Christian De Coninck of the Brussels police told Belgian TV earlier. "We didn't take any risks. The person was stopped and kept at a distance.

The incident comes as Belgium remains on high alert after 32 people were killed in suicide blasts at Brussels Airport in March.

After the Bastille Day attack in Nice that left 84 people dead last week, security in Brussels had been further stepped up ahead of Thursday's independence day celebrations.

An armed soldier stands behind a cordon in central Brussels on July 20, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
An armed soldier stands behind a cordon in central Brussels on July 20, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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