- Witnesses report at least two explosions during raid
- Link seen to Brussels murders, foiled attack in suburban Paris
Belgian anti-terror police made at least one arrest after a house raid in the Schaerbeek neighborhood of Brussels in search of suspects in Tuesday’s bombings.
Witnesses reported gunfire and at least two explosions, and amateur videos posted on Twitter showed heavily armed police dragging a man away after a confrontation at a streetcar stop.
Bernard Clerfayt, mayor of the Schaerbeek district, told RTBF that the arrested man was linked to the Brussels attacks that killed at least 31 people. Agence France-Presse reported a connection to an attack foiled on Thursday in suburban Paris.
Brussels has been on edge as police hunt for the ringleader of the March 22 attacks amid fears that other Islamic State terror cells lie ready to strike in Belgium or other parts of Europe.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel canceled an appearance with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to mourn the victims of the attacks as the police operations unfolded, Belga reported.
There was no immediate word from the federal prosecutor’s office.