The body of a fugitive far-right soldier, the target of a huge manhunt, appears to have been found on Sunday
Belgian security forces scoured the northeast of Belgium after Jurgen Conings disappeared on 17 May.
Conings, 46, was on an anti-terrorism watch list and had threatened a top virologist involved in the country’s Covid-19 program and collected heavy weaponry such as anti-tank missile launchers. He was put on the federal anti-terrorism watch list in February.
(BELGIAN FEDERAL POLICE/AFP via G)
His car was discovered on 18 May, but authorities have been looking for him ever since. According to The Brussels Times, Conings left behind two messages – one for police and one for his wife – in which he stated his intention to carry out an attack, using virologist, Marc Van Ranst’s name.
Van Ranst was moved to a safe house, where he remains for the time being.
On Sunday, people walking in the woods of Hoge Kempen National Park near the town of Dilsen-Stockem, discovered the body with initial evidence suggesting Conings took his own life. However, Belgian federal police have said further examination is underway.
Conings had a three-decade career behind him as an expert marksman before he started making threats and racist remarks on Facebook. He was handed disciplinary sanctions but still allowed to work with weapons.
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