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Gunman was Algerian living 'illegally' in Belgium

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By Euronews
Gunman was Algerian living 'illegally' in Belgium

<p>Authorities in Belgium say jihadi items were found after a police shootout in Brussels on Tuesday. </p> <p>The country’s prosecutor said the gunman killed during the operation was an Algerian known to police for a previous theft offence. </p> <p>Anti-terror police arrived at a flat for a routine search. They came under fire from inside the building.</p> <p>Prosecutors told reporters Mohamed Belkaid was shot dead when he tried to fire at the officers from a window. They said he had been living “illegally” in Belgium.</p> <p>“Next to the body was a Kalashnikov as well as a book on Salafism,” Thierry Werts, Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s spokesperson. “Also an <span class="caps">ISIL</span> flag was found in the flat, as well as eleven Kalashnikov ammunition loader and a lot of shell casings.”</p> <p>Belgium’s prime minister said that the country would stay on its second-highest state of security readiness.</p> <p>“Keeping the alert level at three means that a threat is credible and possible. Level three is not an ordinary level, we have sensed for months that level three is likely to last for some time; the events of yesterday have clearly demonstrated why level three is set.”</p> <p>The joint Belgian-French operation is linked to November’s Paris attacks, and is ongoing. </p> <p>Police are still hunting for two suspects.</p>