Brussels explosion: Blast hits crime laboratory


An explosion has hit crime laboratories in a Brussels suburb in what police are treating as a criminal but not terrorist incident.

Shortly before 02:30 local time (00:30 GMT), a car rammed through three fences, leading to an explosion and a large fire, RTL Belgium reported.

Belgian media said “one or more” suspects then reportedly set off a bomb near the laboratories.

But police could not confirm that a bomb had exploded.    h/t tom_billesley

  • Dumb criminals.

  • It’s a civilian target and the purpose was political — they didn’t rob the place. Hence an act terrorism (in addition to being a crime). And possibly Islamic terrorism because their targets are usually civilian.

    • tom_billesley

      Destruction of files could be for either criminal or terrorism cases. We’ll have to wait to find out the Mohammed factor.

  • lolwut?

    Were the drives from Hillary’s email server sent there?

  • tom_billesley
    • canminuteman

      That story also states that the five arrested were released without charge.

  • Exile1981

    of course the police couldn’t tell if a bomb went off, the lab that annalizes residue was destroyed.

    • tom_billesley

      They’re not sure if there were explosives, or lab chemicals cooking off.