Three people were killed in a counter-terrorism action initiated by the Belgian police in the town of Verviers, several local and international media reports.
According to the Belgian newspaper La Meuse, shots and explosions were heard in Hill Street in Verviers. Ambulances are on the site. No police officers have been injured in the operation, but it is not clear whether it is over.
More arrests will follow, RTL reports.
People have been asked to stay at home and schools were closed.
- There were machine-gun fire in ten minutes, a witness said to RTL.
- I heard something like an explosion, followed by several shots. Currently I can not say more and I dare not go down to see what happens, another witness said.
A man who calls himself Henrard located in a store close by describes that there are ambulances, a major fire and lots of masked policemen.
- Police have asked us to keep indoors and shut the windows until we get further notice, he says to RTL.
He have been told by police that the action has taken place at the end of Rue de la Colline.
Belgian police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of supplying the Paris terrorists with weapons. To Belgian police, he told that he sold a Skorpion machine gun to Amedy Coulibaly, who was behind the attack on a Jewish grocery store where four people were killed.
The arms dealer has also confessed to have sold two Kalashnikov rifles and a grenade launcher to the Kouachi brothers, who were behind the terrorist attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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