Since ISIS claimed responsibility of the multiple bomb explosions that hit Belgium in March, the country has been on red alert.
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A bomb exploded at the Brussels Institute of Criminology in the early hours of Monday (29 August). However, no one was injured in the blast as the building was empty, Belgian media reported.
The BBC cited a RTL Belgium report that said, at about 3am local time (12.30 GMT), a car rammed through three barriers and one or more attackers detonated a bomb near the institute. However, it is not yet clear what happened to the suspects but the Belgian media said that the blast caused significant damage.
Fire service spokesperson Pierre May told AFP, “The explosion was extremely powerful.Windows of the lab were blown out dozens of metres away.”
Authorities confirmed investigations are in progress.
According to IBTimes, the institute which is affiliated with Belgium’s federal justice body, is situated near Neder-Over-Hembeek, a suburb in the north of Brussels. The institute carries out scientific analysis linked to criminal cases.