Belgian army base 'attacked'
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Image captionThe attacker's car has been found in the nearby town of Belgrade
A man is on the run after an attempted attack on a Belgian army barracks in the town of Flawinne.
Shots were fired by Belgian soldiers after a masked man rammed a car into the gates of a paratrooper barracks.
The attacker then fled in his car, which has been found abandoned in the nearby town of Belgrade. It is unclear what the attacker's motives were.
Prosecutors say that were no injuries in the attack, near the city of Namur in the south of the country.
"No-one was hurt, it seems. The man is on the run," a spokesman for Belgian prosecutors told the Reuters news agency.
"If I look at it from an outsider's point of view, it seems incomprehensible," he added. "Why would you attack a military barracks? There are plenty of weapons there to strike back."
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Image captionPolice patrol outside the army barracks
Local reports say the car was carrying a suspected explosive device and that a bomb disposal team has been called to the scene. However, Belgium officials have been unable to confirm this.
"People start making up things quickly," Defence Cabinet Chief Lt Gen Claude Van De Voorde told the Associated Press news agency.
A police academy has been evacuated, according to local media reports.
In January, Belgium police killed two men in a major counter-terrorism raid, just a week after the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in the French capital Paris.