Gunman drives vehicle packed with explosives into Belgian army barracks and exchanges shots before fleeing

A gunman was arrested in Belgium today after an attempted terrorist attack on a military base using a car feared packed with explosives.

The assault happened soon after 9am in the village of Flawinne, east of Charleroi, where a commando unit is stationed.

Shots were fired after a dark blue Ford Escort was driven through a perimeter fence towards the barracks, said a judicial source from nearby Namur.