Several people dead during anti-terrorist raid in Verviers, Belgium
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    Several people dead during anti-terrorist raid in Verviers, Belgium

    A terrorist related police operation was carried out Thursday in a residential area in central Verviers. The number of causalities is currently reported to be 2 deaths with a 3rd person wounded.

    The raid is related to 3 people who have been surveyed after returning from Syria. The assault was carried out by special police units at 5:45 pm, several witnesses reported.

    Police entered the building backed by police snipers in surrounding roof tops.

    Heavy gun fire and explosions were heard. The area has been sealed off. Local residents have not been evacuated but have been advised to stay inside.

    Police searches have also been carried in Brussels region. A press conference will be held at 20h in Brussels.

    Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)