Missiles thrown at police in Molenbeek by Salah Abdeslam ‘supporters’ – their sick ‘HERO’
TENSE scenes have broken out between locals and security forces in Molenbeek following the arrest of Salah Abdeslam with some residents reportedly “praising” the evil Paris terrorist.
By Selina Sykes, Express
PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sat, Mar 19, 2016
Tensions were high in Molenbeek after a terror raid, with some residents throwing bottles at police
Tensions were sparked after young people from the troubled area started declaring their support for their “hero” Abdeslam, according to a witness.
An eyewitness posted on Twitter: “Great tension in Molenbeek with young people from the area praising their ‘hero’ Salah Abdeslam.”
Riot police were sent in to disperse the crowds after missiles were thrown
The authorities had the tough task of managing the tense and nervous atmosphere among locals on the streets while a dramatic raid was still underway.
Many exasperated locals who left their houses after hearing rumours of Abdeslam’s capture gathered by the security cordons blocking off the area.
Tensions have been running high in Molenbeek since the Brussels suburb was linked to the murder of 130 people by Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis in November last year.
Police officers used police dogs to disperse the area
In January three journalists were attacked when they tried to interview family members of Chakib Akrouh, the suicide bomber who blew himself during a police raid in Saint-Denis, Paris, after the November attacks.
The Belgian government has vowed to crack down on extremism in Molenbeek which has been thrust into the international spotlight after the atrocities in Paris.
Armed police carried out a raid and captured Paris attacker Abdeslam earlier today.