Brussels Metro station closed amid terror alert sparked by gas canisters found in car

Fiona Simpson
Security alert: An area close to the main train station in Brussels has been taped off: Google maps

Belgian police sealed off an area in the centre of Brussels after a car was discovered carrying gas canisters, police said.

A metro station close to main station Gare du Midi was closed by Belgian authorities on Thursday, local media reported.

Bomb disposal experts checked a car carrying gas bottles after it ran several red lights, a police spokeswoman added.

Broadcaster RTL said three canisters had been recovered by bomb experts.

The Belgian capital is still on high alert nearly a year after Islamic State suicide attacks at the airport and a metro station killed 32 people on March 22 last year.