Brussels shooting: One suspect ‘killed’, four police officers injured

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At least four Belgian police officers have been injured – one seriously – during a raid on a house in Brussels on Tuesday.

The French government has said the operation is linked to November’s terror attacks in Paris.

Local media are reporting that one of the suspected shooters has been “neutralised” after an exchange of shots with police. Belgian media later quoted the authorities as saying the suspect had died.

The officers were shot at during the house search in the southern suburb of Forest. It’s not known how severe the officers’ injuries are.

Local police confirmed the raid was part of an ongoing investigation into the November attacks in Paris.

The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking from Ivory Coast, confirmed that French police were taking part in the Brussels raid.

One or two suspects are said to have escaped across the roofs of buildings; one was reportedly armed with a machine-gun.

The district has been sealed off. The authorities widened the search area in mid-afternoon as a major security operation was launched.

A helicopter and Belgian special forces were sent to the scene. Local schools are said to have been locked down with children inside, and people in the area have been told to stay indoors.

Eleven people have been charged in Belgium in connection with the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and injured hundreds. Eight of them are still in custody. The investigation has established that the atrocities were largedly planned and coordinated from Brussels.

According to a French police source quoted by AFP, Tuesday’s operation did not target Salah Abdeslam, one of the main suspects wanted over the Paris attacks, but rather the entourage of one or several of the 11 people charged.

SOURCE: euronews



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