A gunman is on the run in Belgium after trying to force his car through the gates of a military barracks, prosecutors in the country have said. Several shots were fired, but no one was hurt.

The man, wearing a balaclava, tried to enter the barracks in Flawinne, near the city of Namur, on Monday. After an exchange of fire the man fled, abandoning the car, prosecutors said.

“No one was hurt, it seems. The man is on the run,” a spokesman for prosecutors in Namur said. “If I look at it from an outsider’s point of view, it seems incomprehensible. Why would you attack a military barracks? There are plenty of weapons there to strike back.”

The newspaper La Dernière heure said officials suspected there might have been a bomb in the car and a bomb disposal squad has been dispatched. The paper added that the car had been found abandoned nearby.

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