Belgium identifies terror raid gunman
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:52
Belgium identifies terror raid gunman

A terror suspect shot dead during a raid in Brussels suburb on Tuesday has been identified as Algerian national Mohammed Belkaid, officials say.

He was shot dead by snipers while trying to fire at police from an apartment window in Forest.

Several officers were wounded in the raid, and police are still hunting two suspects who were in the apartment.

The raid was linked to an investigation into the jihadist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people last November.

The so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group said it carried out the attacks.

According to the prosecutors' spokesman, an IS flag was recovered from the apartment raided on Tuesday, along with Salafist literature and ammunition.

The spokesman said Belkaid was born in 1980, and had been living in Belgium illegally. He was not known to the authorities except for one case of robbery.

French police also took part in Tuesday's operation in Brussels. One of the officers wounded in the raid was a French policewoman, officials said.

Police went to search an apartment in the southern suburb of Forest on Tuesday afternoon.

As they entered the premises, they were fired upon by at least two occupants, the spokesman said.

Several hours later, a special forces sniper shot dead Belkaid as he tried to fire upon police from a window, he said.

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