One suspected gunman on Monday has been shot dead with two on a run, after Belgian and French officers conducted a counter-terrorism raid in Brussels.The suspects hid in an apartment after sniping at police officials. One was shot dead and others were able to run away.
“One body has been found during a search of the house in the Rue du Dries. His identity isn’t yet known but in any case, it’s not that of Salah Abdeslam,” said Eric Van Der Sypt, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor in a report by BBC. Abdeslam is one of the most wanted suspects in the Paris attacks, which claimed 139 lives and injured hundreds on November 13, 2015.
The joint counter-terrorism effort was carried out by Belgian and France police officials, according to The Guardian.
In their efforts, police officials reached an apartment in the south Brussels suburb of Forest around 2:30 PM. The police officials surrounded the flat and came under heavy fire. Two hours later another gunfire was heard. In the raid, three Belgian officers were injured with one seriously hit in an ear and head. A French woman officer was also injured.
Meanwhile, residents in the area were ordered to stay indoors. Police officials also blocked nearby roads. Two local schools and two kindergartens were temporarily closed.
After the operation at the apartment, police officials continued to search for a possible second location. The Police force is monitoring further possibilities of attacks or suspects in the area. Strong surveillance drive is in progress through helicopters and heavily armed officials.
Last week, a report revealed that terrorist threats in Europe are at its highest level in the past 10 years.
Europol head Rob Wainwright said that thousands of radicalised European are expected to return to their home countries. They left Syria to join ISIS, but now are planning to attack European countries.
“At least 5,000 we think — that have been radicalised by ISIS [Daesh], very often online and have acquired conflict experience in Syria and Iraq. Many of them have since returned,” Wainwright said.