Belgian police detain 3 after apartment siege

AP News
Posted: Dec 15, 2014 11:16 AM
Belgian police detain 3 after apartment siege

GHENT, Belgium (AP) — Belgian police detained three men after reports of a hostage taking in an apartment building in the western city of Ghent on Monday. No one was injured in the incident.

Federal police spokeswoman Annemie Serlippens excluded any political or terror motive.

"We are sure that it has nothing to do with terrorism," Serlippens said. "We think it might be drug related."

Authorities reacted early Monday to a report that several armed men had entered the apartment block in the working-class neighborhood. Immediately, police set up a big security operation to keep bystanders away.

When heavily armed police officials moved into the building, they found the alleged victim in his apartment unharmed. It wasn't clear if he had been attacked or held hostage. No more details were immediately available.

Local media reported a previous hostage incident in Ghent two months ago that was linked to extortion.