Since Tuesday, an ongoing manhunt for Corporal Jürgen Conings (46) in the Limburg province has been dominating the headlines in Belgium.
Conings, who was placed under covert surveillance by military intelligence for his extreme rightwing views and was also included on a list of the terrorist risk analysis unit as a ‘potentially violent extremist,‘ is hiding from police after taking weapons from a military base and making threats against virologist Marc Van Ranst.
The search saw the Hoge Kempen National Park closed, and unprecedented police and military presence in the area where the man is thought to be hiding out.
According to the federal public prosecutor, heavy weaponry – including four anti-tank rocket launchers – and ammunition was found in his car, which was booby-trapped using a grenade and a set of wires.
However, Conings is still believed to be armed, presumably with an FN P90 submachine gun, a smaller pistol and a bulletproof vest, report local media.
As a precaution, a number of mosques in the Limburg province have decided to remain closed today in the meantime, while the search for Conings continues.
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A number of mosques in the province of Limburg have decided to remain closed today as a precaution while the heavily armed military man Jürgen Conings remains at large. Read more.
In the ongoing search for Jürgen Conings (46), an armed soldier hiding from police after taking weapons from a military base and making threats against virologist Marc Van Ranst, the Hoge Kempen National Park in Limburg has been closed.
According to the federal public prosecutor, heavy weaponry including four anti-tank rocket launchers and ammunition, was found in his car on Tuesday, but Conings is still believed to be armed. Read more.
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