: Brussels residents shocked following deadly raid
Politics12:54 Mar. 16, 2016
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Brussels residents shocked following deadly raid

French and Belgian police carried out anti-terrorist raid linked to investigation into Paris attacks

The Belgium capital is in a state of shock after a police anti-terrorist operation led to a deadly shootout. Belgian police killed a gunman after several officers were wounded in a raid on a an apartment.

The operation is linked to an investigation into the Paris terrorist attacks which left 130 people dead last year. Journalists gathered outside the house local residents say was targeted by police.

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Maxime Bartholome, 11-year-old local resident: "I was alone at home and at around three o'clock I heard gunfire. Then I went to look out the window and I saw people just behind on a roof with a lot of graffiti, people with headscarfs here. They had a huge weapon, like that, behind a wall like that, and I heard helicopters. I heard everything. I heard shouting. I heard everything."

Investigators believe much of the planning and preparation for the Nov. 13 bombing and shooting rampage in Paris was carried out by young French and Belgian nationals.

Brussels has maintained a high state of security alert since then, with military patrols a regular sight.

Watch also Terror threat in France 'here to last'

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