Belgian police search for heavily armed soldiers who threatened virologists

Brussels-Belgium police began investigating heavily armed soldiers who disappeared on Monday after threatening virologists in support of the COVID-19 vaccine and coronavirus restriction.

Police said in a search warrant published online that a 46-year-old soldier, J├╝rgen Connings, had not been seen since he left his home near the Dutch border on Monday morning.

Belgian special forces building
The Belgian Special Forces building will be seen on May 19, 2021 in Salamander, Dillsens Tokkem, Belgium. (Via James Arthur Gequier / Berga / AFP, Getty Images)

“There are signs that he is violent, and in the last 24 hours there has been evidence that men pose a serious threat,” Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborn told VTM Nieuws.

Manhunt began on Tuesday after Corning threatened virologist Marc Vann Ranst and his family. Many weapons were found in his car on Tuesday night near Dilsen in western Belgium.

Belgian top virologist Marc Vann Ranst
Top Belgian virologist Mark Van Ranst examines the microscope in his laboratory in Leuven, Belgium, on February 19, 2020. (Francisco Seco / AP Photo)

Van Quickenborn said Connings is on the list of potential terrorists edited by OCAM, the organization responsible for assessing the threat of terrorism in Belgium.

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