Brussels anti-terror raid leaves one gunman dead

terri{BNN/BRUSSELS – One gunman was killed by police after an anti-terrorist raid in a Brussels apartment by Belgian and French police investigating the November Paris attacks was met with heavy-weapon gunfire that left four police officers wounded.

An official said the man’s body clutching an assault rifle was found when police stormed an apartment at the centre of the raid where suspects had opened fire on police.

A spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, Eric Van Der Sijpt, said many of the residents of the apartment building targeted in the raid had fled.

A joint French and Belgian anti-terrorism squad investigating the Paris attacks that killed 130 people had arrived to search an apartment building in the southern Brussels district of Forest at about 2.30pm.

The police came under gunfire from “heavy weapons”, according to the French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve. Three officers, including a French policewoman, were wounded and a fourth was hurt during a subsequent exchange of fire.

One officer was in a serious condition after being hit in the ear and head.

The incident took place across the street from an Audi auto factory and the train lines leading to the Gare du Midi railway station used by Eurostar trains to London and Thalys trains to Paris.

Television coverage showed dozens of officers and police vehicles converging on the neighborhood. Gunfire erupted sporadically throughout the afternoon. Helicopters circled the area, and some police officers were seen on nearby roofs.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said at a news conference Tuesday evening in Brussels that police operations were still continuing. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.