IS Files: Dead Brussels Suspect’s Terror Link

Documents obtained by Sky News show Mohamed Belkaid – who was killed in Brussels this week – was a member of Islamic State.

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A suspected jihadi who was shot dead by anti-terror police in Brussels was a member of Islamic State, according to documents obtained by Sky News.

Sky News has uncovered evidence that Mohamed Belkaid, who was killed during a joint French-Belgian operation on Tuesday, had travelled to Syria to join the extremist group.

The 35-year-old’s details are among thousands of files revealing IS membership handed to Sky News by a disaffected member of the extremist group.

Belkaid, an Algerian national who was living in Belgium illegally, was found dead alongside an IS flag, an assault rifle and a book of Salafi literature after Tuesday’s raid.

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He was killed by a police sniper after a shootout erupted when officers searched a property in southern Brussels in connection with the 13 November attacks in Paris.

Four police officers were injured during the operation.

According to the documents, Belkaid had volunteered to be a suicide bomber.

His personal file notes that his understanding of religious law was only “basic”.

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Other details show that he was given the nom-de-guerre of Abu Abdulaziz al Jazairi.

He travelled through Spain, Germany and France before crossing into Syria from Turkey in April 2014.

It is not yet known when Belkaid returned to Europe, but he was known to Belgian police before this week’s raid.

Dr Thomas Renard, a global security expert, said: “Obviously there’s always a number of individuals that are managing to go through the gridlocks that are established by the authorities.

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“Therefore you have some cases, some individuals, who manage to go back and forth through Syria.

“These individuals present a serious threat to the country.”

Two suspects arrested in connection with Tuesday’s raid, including one found in hospital with a broken leg, have since been released without charge.

A police operation continues to track down two other people who are believed to have fled the scene.

http://news.sky.com/story/1661997/is-files-dead-brussels-suspects-terror-link

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