BELGIAN TERROR SUSPECT, A SOLDIER, EVADES COPS ON 5TH DAY ON THE RUN
The manhunt for a fugitive Belgian soldier believed to harbor right-wing extremist sympathies was on its fifth day on Saturday, Michel Winde reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
Security forces carried out searches during the night of 10 houses belonging to people thought to be close to the suspect, according to a statement released by the public prosecutor.
The 46-year-old soldier, identified as Jurgen Conings in the Belgian press, disappeared from his home in the nearby municipality of Dilsen-Stokkem on the Dutch border on Monday.
Authorities believe he is armed and said he may have intentions to harm a number of institutions and personalities, including the country's top virologist.
They warned the public not to approach the man, who is on the country's terrorist watch list.
A search notice was also posted by Interpol on Saturday, stating that the suspect was wanted for "threatening a terrorist attack on persons and regime."
A vehicle used by the fugitive was found late on Tuesday. Police discovered four anti-tank rocket launchers and ammunition in it.
German and Dutch police are involved in the ongoing search in the Limburg region on the border with the Netherlands, according to broadcaster VRT.
On Thursday, a judge specializing in terror cases was appointed in the case that concerns attempted murder and violation of weapons law in the context of terrorism.