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Belgium state prosecutors announced that they are investigating a man arrested yesterday in Antwerp for “attempted killings of a terrorist nature.”

The man, named by prosecutors as Mohamed R, and by the Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure as Mohamed Rebei, was arrested after driving at high speed through a pedestrianised part of the city centre. Numerous weapons were found in his car including a modified shotgun.

The federal prosecutors’ office said in a statement that the driver had been “inculpé,” a status in Belgian law that is just short of being charged, and which means that the person is seriously suspected of wrongdoing.

The office said that the man, who investigators said yesterday was French but now describe as Tunisian, is being investigated for “attempted killings of a terrorist nature, attempts at assault and battery of a terrorist nature and breaking rules on arms possession.”

Notably, the allegations do not include “participation in a terrorist group” – a grounds for investigation set out in Belgian law that is often used for suspected ISIS militants. Belgian media have reported the man as being a drug dealer who was previously expelled from the Netherlands, and who was intoxicated when the incident occurred.

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