Brussels police hunt gunman in Paris probe

Armed police locked down a section of the Belgian capital yesterday as they hunted for a gunman who is on the run after he shot at the police.
Armed police locked down a section of the Belgian capital yesterday as they hunted for a gunman who is on the run after he shot at the police.PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS • Three police officers were wounded during a house search in southern Brussels linked to the investigation into the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, police said.

Armed police locked down a section of the Belgian capital yesterday as they hunted for a gunman who is on the run after firing one or more shots at the police.

The French police are also taking part in the raid with their Belgian counterparts, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

"It was in the context of a raid. A team made up of Belgian and French police officers intervened and came under fire - shots from heavy weapons," he said during a visit to the Ivory Coast.

Police told residents to stay indoors, and a primary school near the scene of the shooting was in lockdown, residents said.

Local media said t there was possibly more than one fugitive.

"This operation is connected to the Paris attacks," a spokesman for Belgium's federal prosecutor said.

The area around the raid, in the Brussels borough of Forest, which is near the main north-south railway linking Paris and Amsterdam and an Audi car factory, was sealed off, journalists at the scene said.

REUTERS, BLOOMBERG

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2016, with the headline 'Brussels police hunt gunman in Paris probe'. Print Edition | Subscribe