Belgium’s police raid on violent group leaves one suspect useless

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A police raid on a violent group of far-right sympathisers in Belgium leaves one individual useless in Antwerp.

A police raid on a violent group of far-right sympathisers in Belgium has left one individual useless within the province of Antwerp, in line with an announcement by the federal prosecutor’s workplace.

A dozen searches had been carried out in seven totally different municipalities, together with Antwerp and Ghent, as a part of an investigation into “the preparation of terrorist attack and the violation of the legislation on weapons”, the assertion mentioned on Wednesday.

Prosecutors mentioned “many weapons and ammunition” had been seized within the raids, however a number of the weapons had been legally registered.

“[During one of the raids] an exchange of gunfire occurred between law enforcement and one of several people inside a building. This person died.”

The Antwerp prosecutor’s workplace has opened an investigation into the circumstances of the suspect’s loss of life.

The workplace advised the Associated Press information company {that a} 36-year-old man allegedly shot at police after they tried to enter his home and that an alternate of fireplace ensued.

The workplace mentioned emergency providers intervened, however the man didn’t survive.

‘Extreme far-right’

A spokesperson for federal prosecutors advised Reuters information company that “some of the people are suspected of being close to the extreme right”, however declined to say how many individuals had been detained.

According to Belgian broadcaster VRT, the person shot useless was a gold and silver dealer who collected weapons and navy gadgets.

Belgian public broadcaster RTBF added that he had expressed his curiosity in far-right theories and opposition to the Belgian authorities’s measures through the coronavirus pandemic on social media.

He additionally criticised the technique of the United States, NATO and Europe in coping with Russia.

Last weekend, 4 Dutch suspects had been arrested over what prosecutors described as a plan to kidnap Belgium’s Justice Minister, Vincent Van Quickenborne.

However, it’s unknown if that incident was linked to Wednesday’s raids.

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