Two dead in terror-related raid in Belgium
At least two people were killed on Thursday in a counter-terrorism raid against jihadis
in the town of Verviers in eastern Belgium.
Belgian public television channel RTBF reported that the public
prosecutor’s office confirmed the deaths of two suspects and arrests of
"several" more. The station said there were no casualties among the
security forces involved and that several people had been arrested.
Federal prosecutors were quoted as saying there had been a police
operation near the center of the city of 55,000, some 70 miles from
Explosions and gunfire were apparently heard near the station,
according to Belgium's public broadcaster RTBF. The Belga news agency
said there were several casualties and police activity was continuing.
"An operation is under way," a source in the mayor's office told AFP without giving further details.
Another official told the agency it was "jihadist-related" and a news conference was scheduled for 8 p.m. local time.
Earlier, a Charleroi man turned himself into authorities and admitted that he had sold weapons
to Amédy Coulibaly, the terrorist who murdered four Jews in a Parisian grocery store last week.
Labels: Belgium, counterterrorism, France, Islamic terrorism, jihadist