Brussels Anti-Terror Forces Stage Raid Amid Explosions, Gunfire

  • Bomb-disposal squad and heavily armed agents at the scene
  • Prime Minister Michel cancels appearance with U.S.'s Kerry

Witnesses reported gunfire and at least two explosions in a Brussels neighborhood as Belgian anti-terror police raided a house in search of suspects in Tuesday’s bombings.

An army bomb-disposal squad and heavily armed agents were at the scene, according to an RTBF television reporter nearby. RTBF said police shot a man with a backpack. Amateur video posted on Twitter showed police dragging a man from a streetcar stop.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel canceled an appearance with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to mourn the victims of the March 22 attacks as the police operations unfolded, Belga reported.

Brussels has been on edge as police hunt for the ringleader of the attacks amid fears that other Islamic State terror cells lie ready to strike in Belgium or other parts of Europe.

French police officials said the latest intervention in the Schaerbeek district of Brussels is linked to an attack foiled late Thursday in suburban Paris, Agence France-Presse reported.

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