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Brussels Neighborhood Closed Off After Police Shootout With Terrorists

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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A counter-terrorism raid in Brussels Tuesday turned into a shootout between two suspects and police.

Three policemen were injured and one is in severe condition. Police are looking for two unnamed suspects who managed to escape over rooftops. The area was closed off and a manhunt is underway.

Eric van der Sypt, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor, told news agency AFP the raid was linked to the Nov. 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, which took 130 lives. The raid took place in the southern suburb of Forest, close to the infamous Molenbeek neighborhood where several of the suspects grew up. (RELATED: An Inside Look At The European Jihadi Capital That Keeps Brussels On High Alert)

It is unclear if one of the suspects is Salah Abdeslam, who got cold feet and drove back to Brussels after the attacks. Abdeslam is one of three suspects still at large and is believed to have managed to stay hidden in Brussels for weeks after the attack, before possibly leaving for Syria.

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