Jurgen Conings: Body of armed Belgian anti-vaccine fugitive found

The body of a fugitive soldier who had gone missing with a stash of weapons after threatening a virologist has been found by Belgian police.

The Belgian federal prosecutors’ office said in a statement that Jurgen Conings had probably “died by suicide by firearm” but the cause of death would “have to be established during a future forensic examination”.

The body was found by people walking in the woods near the town of Dilsen-Stockem.

Armoured vehicles had been deployed in the search for Jurgen Conings

Conings, a soldier, had been the subject of a manhunt that was launched after he left his home near the Dutch border on 17 May with weapons including anti-tank rockets.

The fugitive had threatened virologist Marc Van Ranst for supporting COVID-19 vaccines as well as Belgian institutions and celebrities.

Police suspected Conings was heavily armed as weapons including anti-tank rocket launchers and ammunition, taken from a military base, had been found in his abandoned car near Dilsen in west Belgium.

Police and army personnel with search dogs
Police and army personnel with search dogs

The army deployed de-mining equipment and armoured vehicles to help police searching Hoge Kempen, a 12,000-hectare (30,000 acre) park of woodland, lakes and dunes.

Belgian authorities said Conings’s far-right tendencies had landed him on a list of potential terrorists compiled by OCAM, an organisation that assesses the threat of terrorism in Belgium.

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