The BBC and other outlets report this morning that as many as four gunmen have entered a residential apartment building in Ghent, Belgium and have taken hostages. ABC/Reuters reports:
Four gunmen in Belgium have taken several people hostage after they entered a flat in the north-western city of Ghent, according to unconfirmed reports.
Heavily-armed police have surrounded the area and authorities have urged residents to stay indoors.
The state prosecution service said there were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism.
It is not known if the event is related to the Sydney Siege. Reports continue to break on Twitter.
Heavily armed police in Gent, Belgium, after gunmen enter apartment building. Reports say there are hostages. pic.twitter.com/fzGecKZqP4
— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) December 15, 2014
— Edward (@Shnabble) December 15, 2014
A spokesperson for police in Ghent tells Reuters: “For the time being we have no indication that there is a link to terrorism.” There is no information on if this is related to the Sydney Siege hostage crisis in Australia.
Truth Revolt will update as news becomes available.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for prosecutors in Ghent tells the AFP “There is no indication that this is linked to terrorism, the Islamic State or what is happening at the moment in Sydney.”