Belgium identifies terror raid gunman

French and Belgian security forces took part in the operation at Forest.

French and Belgian security forces took part in the operation at Forest.

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

He was killed by snipers while trying to fire at the police from an apartment window in the suburb of Forest.

Four officers were wounded in the raid. 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 (ultra-conservative Islamic) literature and Kalashnikov ammunition.

The spokesman told reporters that 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.

–BBC

 

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