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BELGIAN police have cornered a “suspicious” man at gunpoint after he walked through Brussels wearing a “a long coat with protruding wires”.

Dramatic images showed the man kneeling on the ground with his hands behind his head as two police train their pistols at him in the city centre.

Police currently have the man surrounded and said the situation is “under control”.

It was also confirmed a bomb disposal robot is at the scene.

Local media has reported that the man is speaking with police negotiators and has not made any specific threats.

Police spokesman Christian De Coninck confirmed an operation was underway at Place de la Monnaie, a busy shopping area in the city centre.

He said: “We got a call about someone acting suspiciously.

“Someone with a heavy winter coat – in these temperatures it’s very suspicious.

“And there were wires coming out of the coat too. We didn’t take any risks. The person was stopped and kept at a distance.

“We are now waiting for more information from the bomb disposal unit which is at the scene now and then we’ll know more.”

The city is currently basking in temperatures of 32C – prompting concerns about his need for a thick winter coat.

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