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Shots fired in French-Belgian counter-terror raid in Brussels

© Dirk Waem, Belga, AFP | The shoot-out occurred in the Forest neighbourhood of Brussels, Belgium.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-03-15

Shots were fired Tuesday during a French-Belgian police raid in Brussels, slightly injuring three police officials. The police raid was linked to the November 13 Paris attacks, according to a senior French official.

The shootout occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Forest neighbourhood of Brussels, according to Belgian media reports. Forest is located near Molenbeek, home to a number of people involved in the November 13, 2015, Paris attacks, which killed 130 people.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said French police were participating in the raid in the Belgian capital. He also confirmed the counter-terror raid was linked to the Paris attacks.

Three police officials were slightly injured during the raid, a Brussels police official told the Associated Press. The official declined to provide his name or supply details of the injuries since the operation was ongoing

Two suspects were on the run after the incident, the Derniere Heure newspaper reported.

Belgian security forces are still hunting suspects and associates of Brussels-based militants involved in the Paris attacks.

One of the main suspects, Salah Abdeslam, was stopped in the northeastern French town of Cambrai on his way to Belgium the morning after the Paris attacks. He was released by police because he had not yet been identified by French authorities as someone with links to the attacks. Belgian police later found the car he is believed to have used to cross the border in Molenbeek.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

 

Date created : 2016-03-15

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