Four Police Officers Shot in Brussels Anti-Terror Raid, One Suspect Killed and Another Still at Large
Police have confirmed the shootings occured during a joint raid involving Belgian and French forces
Four Belgian police officers were shot and wounded in a Brussels suburb on Tuesday during a joint Belgian and French anti-terror raid related to November’s Paris terror attacks in which 130 people were killed.
According to La Derniere Heure, one of the two suspects has been killed. The paper reports that helicopters saw the suspect in a vacant lot near the house they suspected the suspects were hiding.
According to reports, after a burst of automatic weapon fire, both suspects escaped over rooftops. One of the four wounded officers was shot in the head and transported to the hospital in serious condition, according to reports.
Brussels has been the staging ground for both November’s Paris Attacks and last summer’s attack aboard a Paris-bound train that was thwarted by passengers including three Americans.
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Authorities are suggesting that the focus of the raid was not Salah Abdeslam – the terrorist who escaped France following the Paris attacks – but others in the same cell, according to France’s BFM-TV.
The area around the shootings has been closed off with a large police presence; a manhunt is underway.
Eyewitnesses described helicopters flying over the scene with at least 20 police cars blocking off a large section of Forest, a southern suburb of Brussels.
Public transportation in Brussels has been “suspended for a long duration,” according to officials.
The Mayor of Brussels’ Forest district has confirmed that schools and at least two nurseries in the area are on lockdown.
This is a breaking story. Check back throughout the day for developments.