Fake bomb suspect arrested and charged

The man who invented a bomb hoax in Brussels on Tuesday has been arrested.

The suspect, born in 1990, has been charged for reporting a false bomb threat, and will appear in court on June 24.

On Tuesday, the “fake bomber” told police that the belt was to be set-off remotely by a third party. After police raided his mother’s house and found the remains of the material used to create the dummy belt, he admitted to having falsified the bomb threat.

Bomb removal services were called to Rue Neuve, near to the City2 shopping mall—where the threat was made. After obtaining the fake belt, it was soon revealed that it was stuffed with salt and biscuits. No explosives were found in the area.

The man is already known to Brussels authorities for having recently contacted the police, explaining that ISIS had tried to recruit him.