Published On: Wed, Mar 16th, 2016

Huge Brussels manhunt after Paris attacks raid shootout


Hunt for Paris attack jihadis: Terror suspect dead, four cops injured and two gunmen on the run following Brussels terror raid


TERROR cops hunting for Paris attack suspects have killed an AK47-wielding gunmen following a massive anti-terror raid in Brussels.

Four officers were injured following a gunfight with Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen at a house in Forest, a suburb of Brussels.

Two suspects are believed to have fled the scene following the shootout, leading to a police lockdown in the area, with dozens of snipers and heavily armed officers in the area.

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Brussels manhunt: Gunfire in raid ‘on Paris suspects’

A victim is removed from the scene where shots were fired during a police anti-terror raid in Brussels linked to the Paris massacre suspects REUTERS


Snipers could be seen surrounding a building in the Forest suburb of Brussels EPA

Belgium’s federal prosecutor said earlier one or more suspects had barricaded themselves into an apartment after police had come under heavy weapon fire through a door when carrying out the raid.

Belgian daily DH 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. Streets around the house in a southern section of the city were sealed off by police, Reuters journalists at the scene said.

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


French special agents were involved in the raid, suggesting it was of the highest priority EPA


French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said today’s ‘Franco-Belgium operation’ was still ongoing, and that special forces officers from Paris were involved REUTERS

Reuters journalists heard gunshots as police commandos crowded into the street where the raid unfolded.

Investigators believe much of the planning and preparation for the November 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 ISIS.

The area around Tuesday’s raid, near a car factory and a major north-south railway linking Paris and Amsterdam, was sealed off, and a police helicopter buzzed overhead.

Police told residents to stay indoors and schools and kindergartens close to the scene of the shootings were in lockdown, residents said.


Officers are said to be acting on a tip off related to last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris


Police surrounded a building, where the suspected terrorists are held up, shortly before 3pm REUTERS


It is understood the raid was linked to last November’s ISIS-inspired terror attacks in Paris and that at least one of the gunmen is now on the run REUTERS

Belgian security forces have been actively hunting suspects and associates of the militants involved in the attacks in Paris.

Some of the attackers came from Brussels.

One of the prime suspects, 26-year-old Brussels-based Frenchman Salah Abdeslam, is still on the run.

He left Paris shortly after his brother blew himself up in the attacks. Belgian authorities are holding 10 people who have been arrested in the months since the attacks, mostly for helping Abdeslam.

RTBF quoted French police sources as saying Abdeslam had not been the target of Tuesday’s raid.


Officers are said to be acting on a tip off related to last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, when 130 people were murdered by an ISIS cell on a single evening REUTERS


Some of the Paris killers, who included suicide bombers, came from Belgium, where they stored arms and ammunition. Among them was Salah Abdeslam, who is said to have fled to Brussels after the attacks, before disappearing AP

Described in Belgium as ‘Public Enemy Number 1’, Abdeslam lived in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, which is close to Forest.

His brother, Brahim Abdeslam, blew himself up during the Paris attacks. The pair were living together in the Belgium capital before the atrocities.

CCTV footage shows Abdeslam with Mohamed Abrini,another suspect connected to the Paris attacks who went missing straight afterwards.

Abrini, 30, was with Abdeslam at a petrol station in Ressons, on the road to Paris from Brussels, two days before the attacks.


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