Video Shows Suspect Arrested in Brussels Counter-Terrorism Raid

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
March 25, 2016 5:04 pm Last Updated: March 26, 2016 4:05 am

An man carrying a bag of explosive material has been injured and arrested during a raid in the Schaerbeek district in Brussels.  

Witnesses said they heard blasts and shots from heavy weapons during the police operation on March 25. Belgian prosecutors said three suspects were detained in counter-terrorism raids—two of the suspects were shot in the leg.

According to Belgian state broadcaster RTBF, the district mayor, Bernard Clerfayt, said the person that was apprehended in Schaerbeek was connected to the Brussels attacks on March 22, and a previous arrest in France.

A video shows officials approaching an individual lying injured on broken glass, while they escort a woman away from him.

Afterwards, another video shows an explosive-detecting robot getting closer to the individual.

In another clip, police are shown grabbing the individual and dragging him into a car.


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The area, where a tram passes through, was blocked off while an explosives robot and investigators combed the scene. About 50 officers were involved in the raid.

A member of emergency services wearing protective clothing, with a robot at right, investigates the scene in Schaerbeek, Belgium, Friday March 25, 2016. A witness speaking on Belgian state broadcaster RTBF described hearing two blasts and shots from heavy weapons during the police raid on the Schaerbeek neighborhood. About 50 officers appeared to be involved in the operation. It is unclear whether it is linked to Tuesday's attacks. A tram passing through the area was stopped and evacuated and police cordoned off a wide perimeter of streets. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A member of emergency services wearing protective clothing, with a robot at right, investigates the scene in Schaerbeek, Belgium, Friday March 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

According to Mashable, a 14-year-old girl was in a shop across the street from where the raid took place with her cousin. After hearing gunfire, the girl, her cousin, and other customers hid in the basement and stayed there for an hour.  

“First we saw the police coming with a big shot gun,” said the 14-year-old.

“Then we heard shots so we were super scared and went to the basement,” she added.

She said that after she went back upstairs she saw a man on the tram tracks who was holding a bag.

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Tramway train stop with the glass broken at the Meiser neighbourhood in Schaarbeek – Schaerbeek in Brussels on March 25, 2016 after an anti-terrorist operation linked to Brussels attacks of March 22. (Laurie Dieffembacq/AFP/Getty Images)

Investigators collect evidence from the scene in Schaerbeek, Belgium, Friday March 25, 2016. A witness speaking on Belgian state broadcaster RTBF described hearing two blasts and shots from heavy weapons during the police raid on the Schaerbeek neighborhood. About 50 officers appeared to be involved in the operation. It is unclear whether it is linked to Tuesday's attacks. A tram passing through the area was stopped and evacuated and police cordoned off a wide perimeter of streets. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Investigators collect evidence from the scene in Schaerbeek, Belgium, Friday March 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Another witness, Louise Roger, also saw the individual on the tracks.

“He couldn’t walk, he couldn’t, I think he stayed on the ground. He was on the tracks,” Roger told Mashable.

“There were the two gunshots; I heard a young girl screaming, and the police said, ‘Leave her. Go,'” added Roger.

The raid comes days after suicide bombers detonated bombs in the Brussels airport and metro system. The attacks killed 31 people and injured 270. ISIS claimed responsibility for the blasts shortly after.