It has been reported that fugitive far-right soldier Jürgen Conings, who disappeared around a month ago in Belgium stealing heavy weapons from his unit and was labeled a “terrorist threat”, has been found dead.
According to Belgian media, the mayor of the town of Maaseik, near the forest area where far-right military search operations are being carried out, came across a corpse emitting a strong odor while riding a bicycle.
Mayor Johan Tollenaere notified the police and the fire department. According to local media, officers who examined the body and the area indicated that the body belonged to Conings.
It was announced that an autopsy would be performed on the body to make a final decision. Prosecutor’s representatives said that following initial investigations, it was assessed that Conings had committed suicide with a gun.
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Conings, a far-right soldier serving in the Belgian army, went missing last month, leaving ominous farewell letters. The operations carried out since to find the soldier who appeared on the terrorist list had not been conclusive.
Due to threats from Conings, who stole heavy weapons while deserting from the army, the Belgian coordinator of the fight against the epidemic of new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19), the virologist Marc Van Ranst and his family have been taken to a safe place.
In addition, some mosques in the Limburg region have been closed in case Conings might attack mosques, and strict security measures have been taken in others.
After the Conings desertion, it was reported that around 30 Belgian Army soldiers were being followed due to their radical tendencies, and Conings was one of them. Despite this, there has been criticism of why specially trained soldiers were allowed access to the weapons.