Brussels police check car with gas bottles

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Posted: Mar 02, 2017 11:43 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police sealed off an area of central Brussels on Thursday while bomb disposal experts checked a car carrying gas bottles, a police spokeswoman told local media.

Officers stopped a car which ran several red lights, the spokeswoman for the local police said. When they checked the car they saw the gas bottles and called the bomb squad.

Broadcaster RTL said three canisters had been recovered.

The city transport authority said a metro station close to the main Gare du Midi railway station had been closed.

The Belgian capital is still on high alert nearly a year after Islamic State suicide attacks at the airport and a metro station killed 32 people on March 22, 2016.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)