Belgian Police Looking for Palestinian Man Following Report He Could Plan Attack

Police patrol outside the King Baudouin stadium, after a shooting in the center of Brussels, last Monday night. (AP Photo/Sylvain Plazy)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities said Wednesday they were “actively” searching for an asylum-seeker of Palestinian origin after media reported that he had threatened an unspecified attack.

The Brussels prosecutor’s office said it was aware of the threat mentioned in the media and added police forces were out looking for him. Only last week, an Islamic terrorist shot dead two Swedes and wounded a third. Authorities said the Tunisian suspect died following a police operation trying to arrest him.

The search for the man comes on the eve of a two-day European Union summit in Brussels, where the 27 EU leaders will gather to discuss, among other things, the Israel-Hamas war.

Last week’s killings laid bare inefficiencies within the government and judicial apparatus, which had allowed the suspect to roam free in Brussels even though Tunisia had actively sought his extradition. The justice minister resigned over the incident last weekend.

Since the attack, the terror alert level in Belgium was raised to the second highest level, meaning the threat is considered “serious.”

The federal prosecutor’s office also announced Wednesday that it detained a suspect with the semiautomatic rifle that was used to kill the two Swedes. He would be questioned later Wednesday before a decision on an arrest is made.

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