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Islamic State Flag Found At Terror Raid Scene

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An Islamic State flag and a jihadist manual have been found at the scene of a Brussels anti-terror raid, according to prosecutors.

Four police officers were injured after gunmen opened fire on Tuesday during a Belgian-French operation linked to November's Paris attacks.

One man armed with an assault rifle was shot dead during the shoot-out with police.

He has been identified as 35-year-old Mohamed Belkaid.

Belgian federal prosecutor Thierry Werts said Belkaid was an Algerian who was living in Belgium illegally.

He added that an Islamic State flag, a Salafist Muslim book and a Kalashnikov assault rifle were discovered in the suspect's home.

Police have detained two men, one of whom was admitted to hospital near Brussels with a broken leg, and are assessing whether they were connected to the shooting.

Belgian media reported one of the suspects was detained on Tuesday night, while the other was arrested early today.

A masked Belgian policeman secures the area from a rooftop near the scene where shots were fired during a police search of a house in the suburb of Forest near Brussels © Reuters A masked Belgian policeman secures the area from a rooftop near the scene where shots were fired during a police search of a house in the suburb of Forest near Brussels Police came under fire the moment the flat's door was opened by security forces during Tuesday's search.

Five hours later, officers stormed the building and the suspect was killed.

Some reports said the suspect was "neutralised" after being spotted in a nearby garden by a police helicopter.

Witnesses reported a heavy exchange of fire lasting several minutes.

People in two schools and two nurseries nearby were asked to remain indoors and the security cordon around the area was extended, the local mayor's office said.

The incident happened across the street from an Audi car plant and train lines leading to the Gare du Midi railway station, where trains run to London and Paris.

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