Police, Right-Wing Protesters Clash In Brussels Square
Earlier in the day, authorities conducted more than a dozen raids across Belgium
Unrest hit Brussels on Sunday when police fired a water cannon at a group of right-wing protesters who had gathered in a Brussels square, reports said.
The clashes started after dozens of anti-ISIS protesters wearing balaclavas and Anonymous masks mounted the steps of the city’s stock exchange building in Place de la Bourse, where hundreds of people had gathered to remember the victims of Tuesday’s terror attacks in the city, the Associated Press reported. The rally took place despite the Belgian interior minister’s request that a march be postponed so police could focus on their ongoing investigations into the violence that killed more than 30 people.
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Earlier in the day, police in Belgium arrested four new suspects in 13 raids across Brussels and the northern cities of Mechelen and Duffel early on Sunday, according to the AP. The federal prosecutor’s office declined to say whether the raids were linked to March 22 Brussels attacks that killed 31 people and wounded 270 others. But he said they were connected to a “federal case regarding terrorism.”
Police on Sunday, in Italy, also arrested an Algerian man wanted in connection with the Brussels attacks and violence that struck Paris, killing 130 people, in November. The man, named by local news agency Ansa as Djamal Eddine Ouali, 40, is allegedly linked to a network of false IDs used by suspects charged in both tragedies, the AP reported. The man raised suspicion after he applied for a residency permit in Italy, when police noticed he shared the name of an individual wanted for allegedly helping to produce fake IDs in a “large scale” criminal network.
Federal prosecutors in Belgium charged another man on Sunday for his alleged role in a planned terrorist attack in France last week. The man, who was shot in the leg at a tram stop in Schaerbeek, was one of three men arrested in Brussels on Friday. He was identified as Abderamane A.
Two U.S. nationals earlier reported as missing following the attacks, which killed 31 people and wounded 270 others, were identified as deceased on Sunday. Stephanie and Justin Shults, a married couple from Kentucky and Tennessee, had been living in Brussels when they were caught up in the attacks, Reuters reported.