UPDATE: Two dead and at least 25 arrested in European anti-terror raids

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Police stand guard outside a raided apartment

UPDATE (Friday 1.30pm): the suspects killed in yesterday’s anti-terror raid in Belgium were allegedly poised to kill several policemen in the street and had police uniforms at their hideout.

AK-47s, knives, Kalashnikovs and explosives were found along with uniforms and fake ID during raids on an apartment in eastern Belgium.

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A number of raids were carried out in Europe and more than 25 people arrested in Germany, France and Belgium amid fear of terrorist attacks.

In Belgium, Jewish schools were closed today (January 16) and Brussels police headquarters guarded by security forces.

Meanwhile Paris police confirmed that the Gare de L’Est train station in the city had been evacuated this morning after a bomb threat was received.


TWO have died in eastern Belgium during an anti-terror raid and a number of arrests made, according to media reports.

The reports suggest those targeted by Belgian police were suspected Jihadists who had returned from Syria.


The Belga news agency declared there were several casualties and police activity continued near the centre of Verviers, in the province of Liege.

While Belgium’s public broadcaster RTBF said explosions and gunfire had been heard near the station, the mayor’s office confirmed that an operation was underway but gave no further details.

Earlier in the day, authorities in Belgium arrested a man suspected of supplying Jihadist gunmen that killed 17 people in Paris last week.

Charleroi police are holding the man, who handed himself in to the police, on suspicion of arms dealing.




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