Brussels raid under way, apartment complex evacuated

Belgium police officers secure the access during a police operation in Etterbeeck, near Brussels, Belgium on April 9, 2016.
Belgium police officers secure the access during a police operation in Etterbeeck, near Brussels, Belgium on April 9, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Belgian police backed by sharpshooters were searching a building in the central Brussels district of Etterbeek and evacuated its inhabitants on Saturday (April 9), a Reuters journalist at the scene said.

The building, an apartment complex with a shop on the ground floor, was cordoned off by police and forensics experts were seen entering the building. Police said snipers had also been deployed.

On Friday (April 8), police detained two key suspects in the ISIS attacks on Paris and Brussels as they pursued operations to track down militants who have fought with or take direction from leaders in Syria.