Belgian police launched a manhunt in a Brussels neighborhood on Tuesday after at least one gunman opened fire on officers during an anti-terror raid linked to last year’s Paris attacks, officials said. Three police officers were slightly injured during the operation.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that “a team composed of Belgian and French police came under fire, apparently from assault weapons, during a raid.”
Two hours after the first shots were fired, a big swathe of the Forest neighborhood was in lockdown as special police units in body armor and balaclava hoods moved in, several with their guns drawn. A helicopter was hovering overhead to patrol the area as police were still hunting for at least one suspect.
“Two individuals, apparently barricaded themselves inside a home,” Forest mayor Marc-Jean Ghyssels told local media.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the two people escaped, or whether police were searching for more people.
A police official, who requested anonymity because the operation was still ongoing, also said it wasn’t clear if the police officers were struck by bullets or injured in another way.