CNN is reporting that two people were killed Thursday evening during an anti-terror raid in the east Belgium town of Verviers. Belgian Federal Prosecutor Eric van der Sypt has confirmed that the group targeted by the raid was planning to carry out “imminent” terrorist attacks in Belgium.
Anti-terrorism operations were underway in other cities, a senior Belgian counter-terrorism official told Cruickshank.
According to the official, the raid was against a group that had traveled to Syria and was instructed by ISIS to carry out attacks in Belgium and Europe.
The attacks were ordered in retaliation for U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Cruickshank said, citing the Belgian official.
The group was under surveillance by Belgian authorities, and there came a moment Thursday when Belgian forces decided it was time to conduct the raid, the official said.
In this amateur video shot by Frédéric Hausman*, you can see what happened toward the end of the raid:
We will post updates as they become available.
*Hausman left this comment on his video: But please, tell this to the world: We don’t want civil war anyway! Say it, it’s my condition. Thank you. Noted.DONATE
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