Antwerp railway station reopens after bomb threat

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 27, 2013 8:55 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Police reopened the main railway station in Belgium's port city of Antwerp on Friday after the building and surrounding streets were cleared due to a bomb threat, the force said.

The shutdown caused severe delays on the high-speed rail link between Paris and Amsterdam, operator Thalys said on its website. It also affected local train services.

An anonymous caller phoned police in the neighboring Netherlands to say a bomb would go off in Antwerp Central Station, then hung up, a spokeswoman for the city's police force told Reuters.

A sweep of the premises with sniffer dogs revealed no suspicious packages or people. Police were investigating who made the phone call.

(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Matthew Tostevin)