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Belgian supermarket evacuated after 'man armed with Kalashnikov opens fire' in Chatelineau

The Independent logo The Independent 22/10/2016 Lizzie Dearden
The Cora shopping centre in Châtelineau, Belgium © Google Streetview The Cora shopping centre in Châtelineau, Belgium

A supermarket in Belgium has been evacuated amid reports of gunfire from at least one armed man.

The Belga news agency reported that police were called to the incident in Chatelineau on Saturday morning.

Local reports said a gunman attempted to steal jewellery from the Cora hypermarket.

"Shots were fired with a Kalashnikov," mayor Daniel Vanderlick told RTL News, adding that no one was injured.

There were conflicting reports over the number of attackers, with police commissioner Eric Debrabander saying "several armed individuals" were inside the supermarket.

The areas has been evacuated and cordoned off by security forces.

It came days after a man with a knife held 15 people hostage in a supermarket in the Brussels suburb of Forest.

No one was harmed in the attack, which was reported to be part of a failed robbery attempt on Tuesday.

Belgium has been on high alert since November's Paris attacks, with several Isis militants preparing for the massacres in the country before members of the same cell attacked Brussels Airport and a Metro station in March.

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