The body of an armed Belgian fugitive is found, suspected of suicide


Brussels — Belgian police said on Sunday that they found the body of a fugitive soldier who went missing a month ago in a weapons hiding place after threatening a virologist and his family. It was.

“According to the initial findings, the cause of death was probably due to gun suicide, but the cause must be clarified during future forensic examinations,” the agency said in a statement.

Police launched a large-scale investigation into the 46-year-old Jürgen Connings after leaving his home near the Dutch border on May 17 with weapons such as anti-tank rockets. Corning threatened that virologist Marc Vann Ranst was in favor of the COVID-19 vaccine. Van Lanst and his family were then safely transferred.

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Smelting to catch Belgian Jurgen Connings, a soldier who disappeared after threatening the COVID-19 vaccine and coronavirus restriction to assist virologists in Maasmechelen, Belgium, May 21, 2021. While, members of the Belgian army carry bags in the national park Maasmechelen. / Reuters)

Connings’ body was found in the forest of Dillselbos in eastern Belgium by the mayor of another town who noticed the smell while riding a bicycle and warned police.

Belgian officials said Connings was on the list of potential terrorists edited by OCAM, the organization responsible for assessing the threat of terrorism in Belgium.

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On May 21, 2021, in Maasmechelen, Belgium, while refining to capture the Belgian Jurgen Connings, a soldier who disappeared after threatening virologists in support of the COVID-19 vaccine and coronavirus restriction. , Belgian ambulances and soldiers arrive in the national park Maasmechelen. Herman / Reuters)

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