Murder of a security guard at a Belgian nuclear power plant sparks terror alert 4 years ago

Murder of a security guard at a Belgian nuclear power plant sparks terror alert

A security guard at a Belgian nuclear power plant has been found dead with his work pass stolen.

The man was killed on Thursday evening while walking his dog in the city of Charleroi, with the news only revealed on Saturday morning by the Derniere Heure newspaper.

His pass was quickly cancelled, amid fears that bombers involved in last week's terror attacks in Brussels were looking to build a radioactive dirty bomb.

According to the Telegraph, investigators are looking into the possibility that the man was killed for his pass and that terrorists linked to the Islamic State were looking to infiltrate the country's nuclear power stations.

Intelligence warnings led to 11 workers at power plants having their credentials revoked, while brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El-Bakraoui - who are believed to have blown themselves up at Zaventem Airport and a Brussels Metro station - have been linked with a plot to make bombs that would contaminate a crowded area with radioactive material.

Following the threat, the Belgian government deployed 140 soldiers to guard five nuclear power stations in the country.

A French intelligence source also told the Telegraph on Saturday that security measures have been stepped up at France’s many nuclear power plants.