Belgium Police Kill Two in Anti-Terror Raid During Shootout

Raf Casert and Frank Augstein, AP, January 15, 2015

Belgian security forces killed two terror suspects with links to Syria in a fierce shootout in the eastern city of Verviers on Thursday and arrested another, foiling a major and imminent attack against police buildings, authorities said.


Belgian federal magistrate Eric Van der Sypt said in Brussels that there was no link at this stage between the Paris attacks and the Belgian operation, which he said is the result of an investigation that has been underway for a few weeks.

The suspects immediately opened fire on police when they closed in on them near the city’s train station, he said. There was an intense firefight for several minutes on an upper level of a building in Verviers where the raid took place, which appears to be residential.

“These were extremely well-armed men” with automatic weapons, Van der Sypt said. Police buildings were the target of an attack expected within hours or days, he said.

“We still expect a number of arrests,” he said. No police were wounded or killed in the firefight, which occurred at the height of rush hour in a crowded neighborhood. Verviers, a former industrial town with about 56,000 residents including a large immigrant community, is about 125 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of the capital, Brussels.

The magistrate said more anti-terrorist raids were underway in the Brussels region, adding that Belgium’s terror alert level was raised to its second-highest level. The operation was part of an investigation into extremists returning from Syria, authorities said.


Earlier Thursday, Belgian authorities said they are looking into possible links between a man they arrested in the southern city of Charleroi for illegal trade in weapons and Amedy Coulibaly, who prosecutors say killed four people in a Paris kosher market last week.


Defense officials said Thursday that France was under an unprecedented cyber assault with 19,000 cyberattacks launched after the country’s bloodiest terrorist attacks in decades, frustrating authorities as they try to thwart repeat violence.

Around 120,000 security forces are deployed to prevent future attacks.

Calling it an unprecedented surge, Adm. Arnaud Coustilliere, head of cyberdefense for the French military, said about 19,000 French websites had faced cyberattacks in recent days, some carried out by well-known Islamic hacker groups.

The attacks, mostly relatively minor denial-of-service attacks, hit sites as varied as military regiments to pizza shops but none appeared to have caused serious damage, he said. Military authorities launched round-the-clock surveillance to protect the government sites still coming under attack.


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  • phorning

    It has been said several times already, but don’t let them return from Syria is such a simple, common sense step for every European government to take.

    • MBlanc46

      But surely that would be violating their rights.

  • MekongDelta69

    I guess I’ll vote for this as my AmRen ‘feel-good’ article of the day.

  • superlloyd

    Two Islamic terrorists down, hundreds of thousands to go.

    • OHDeutschePolkaConfederate

      W should have swiftly dispatched nukes in September of 2001 leaving Mecca, Tehran, and all of Afghanistan as barren scorched earth. Population zero. This should have been followed with a firm admonition to the rest of the Muslim world. Any further acts of terror will result in further nuclear warheads. Truman had the balls to take this necessary action to stop the homicidal, anti-White Japanese 70 years ago. Unfortunately W, like most modern Republicans, is a Liberal Republican. He was no more Conservative than Bill Clinton when dealing with cultural and racial diversity. White homelands should be for Whites only, and should put Whites first when dealing with non-White nations. Men like Churchill and Truman understood how much non-Whites resent us, and dealt with non-White nations accordingly.

    • Reynardine

      A long and arduous journey starts with a few steps out your door.

      • MBlanc46

        Your optimism is inspiring.

    • archer

      Hundreds of thousands that are also well armed while the average European has virtually no rights to firearms.

  • Didn’t these guys here about the big Rainbow/Free Speech/Tolerance march? Terrorism bad!

  • OHDeutschePolkaConfederate

    This is where Social Liberalism gets us. White Leftists are not to blame for Islam being a sociopathic religion, but they are most certainly to blame for allowing adherents to the sociopathic cult, otherwise known as Islam, into White European homelands. Leaders who think like John Lennon, instead of Winston Churchill, have permitted 5 Million Muslims to enter France, and are naive enough to wonder why France now has problems that White Europeans only read about in the newspaper 30 years ago. Problems that only occurred in Places like Morocco, Libya, and Syria.

    • White leftists, and just a half step behind them, white libertarians, are also to blame for making excuses for the seventh century totalitarian death cult born on the Arabian peninsula, and also undermining our resolve to combat it, much less denying us the individual and collective right to notice that cult’s treachery and intentions.

      • ElGringo

        I agree. The only valid political ideology is Nationalism.

    • ElGringo

      So far, I have no problem with the targets of these jihadists. Folks, the Marxists are our most insidious enemies and they must absolutely be exterminated before we can even hope to make a difference. The fact that these third worlders are in our lands in the numbers they are is the result of tolerance of leftists. Leftists and nanny stater scum like gun control advocates need to be dealt with in a very decisive manner.

  • Luca

    Sentencing for the rest of them should be 30 years in prison and when they get out revoke their citizenship and ship them back to Syria permanently. Remove the cancer.

  • MBlanc46

    It appears that the Europeans are starting to reap what they’ve sown. I wish I could hope that our elites will learn something from their the Europeans’ experiences, but I know that’s too much to ask for.

  • Zimriel

    Tell people you’ll kill satirists, Jews, and innocents? Yawn.

    Tell people you’ll kill the fuzz? BATTLE STATIONS!!

    Ah, the EU at work.

  • MartelsGhost

    Only two? Well, it’s a start I guess………………..only 2.8 billion or so left to go…………….

  • KenelmDigby

    Despite all this, the European political class will still do everything in its power to protect and defend the Muslims, up to and including importing even more.
    Witness Angela Merkel’s denunciation of Pegida.