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Belgian police: 4 armed men enter apartment in Ghent, situation unclear

  • A member of the special forces police installs equipment on a van, in Ghent, western Belgium, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Four armed men have entered an apartment, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area. Police said Monday that three hours after the men entered the apartment it was still unclear whether they had taken any hostages. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    A member of the special forces police installs equipment on a van, in Ghent, western Belgium, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Four armed men have entered an apartment, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area. Police said Monday that three hours after the men entered the apartment it was still unclear whether they had taken any hostages. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Special forces police prepare their equipment in Ghent, western Belgium, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Four armed men have entered an apartment, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area. Police said Monday that three hours after the men entered the apartment it was still unclear whether they had taken any hostages. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Special forces police prepare their equipment in Ghent, western Belgium, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Four armed men have entered an apartment, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area. Police said Monday that three hours after the men entered the apartment it was still unclear whether they had taken any hostages. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Special forces police install special equipment on a van, in Ghent, western Belgium, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Four armed men have entered an apartment, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area. Police said Monday that three hours after the men entered the apartment it was still unclear whether they had taken any hostages. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Special forces police install special equipment on a van, in Ghent, western Belgium, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Four armed men have entered an apartment, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area. Police said Monday that three hours after the men entered the apartment it was still unclear whether they had taken any hostages. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

Four armed men have entered an apartment in the western Belgian city of Ghent, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area.

Police said Monday that two hours in it was still unclear what the intention was, and there was no information available either about the armed men who entered the apartment block or whether they had taken hostages.

By midmorning a big police operation had been set up in the working-class neighborhood to keep bystanders away from the scene.