Date
24 May 2017
A special-forces sniper takes part in the anti-terrorist operation in Brussels on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
A special-forces sniper takes part in the anti-terrorist operation in Brussels on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Gunman killed in Brussels anti-terror raid

Belgian police killed a gunman after several officers were wounded in a raid on a Brussels apartment investigators linked to November’s Islamist attacks in Paris, public broadcaster RTBF said.

Two other suspects were being sought.

After five hours of intense police activity in the area Tuesday, security forces escorted children home from nearby schools and kindergartens and began to allow residents back to their homes in the suburban neighborhood, Reuters reports.

Belgium’s federal prosecutor, leading the investigation, said one or more suspects barricaded themselves in an apartment after firing through a door at police who arrived to search it.

Police said two officers were wounded at the time, and another was hit later. Local media said four police were injured in total.

DH newspaper said one suspect was shot dead after being spotted from a police helicopter in a nearby garden.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said French police took part in the raid in the Belgian capital. 

“This operation is connected to the Paris attacks,” a spokesman for the federal prosecutor said.

Investigators believe much of the planning and preparation for the Nov. 13 bombing and shooting rampage in Paris that killed 130 people were carried out by young French and Belgian nationals, some of whom fought in Syria for Islamic State.

Belgium, where Muslims make up about 5 percent of its 11 million people, has the highest rate in Europe of citizens joining Islamist militants in Syria.

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