According to information from the VRT cross-checked with a good source by the RTBF, the deceased is a 36-year-old man. He presented himself as the manager of an Antwerp company active in the trade of minerals and metals.
The deceased man was very active on social media
On social networks, he did not hide his closeness to far-right theories, his passion for weapons and military equipment as well as his opposition to the “political system”, “to the financial system” and “to the elites”. He was calling the ” résistance “ against the measures taken by the government in the context of the Covid crisis. He also criticized the strategy of the United States, NATO and Europe vis-à-vis Russia.
From his writings, it appears that the man envisioned a collapse of society. He recommended preparing for it by stocking up on food and equipping yourself with weapons.
This file is unrelated to the threats against the Minister of Justice Vincent Van Quickenborne.
Information from the intelligence services
The investigation began on the basis of information from the intelligence services: State Security (VSSE, civil service) and the General Intelligence and Security Service (SGRS, military intelligence). Intelligence services cooperated to explore both the weapons trail and that of potential suspects.
According to our information, two of the six suspects appear in the common database coordinated by Ocam.
In recent years, the Coordination Body for Threat Analysis (Ocam) has repeatedly expressed its concern about the rise of right-wing extremism. Contacted this morning, Ocam does not wish to speak in the context of the current legal case. 62 right-wing extremists are currently listed in the common database coordinated by Ocam.