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Hakim Benladghem was shot by Belgian special forces on the Lille-Brussels motorway on March 26. Under Belgian and French surveillance since 2008, police report that he was planning to commit a series of attacks, notably in Brussels.

The 39-year-old Franco-Algerian had trained as a "para-commando" with the French Foreign Legion. He moved to Belgium in 2008, which was also the year in which he became an extremist. He had notably made several attempts to enter Israel with a view to fighting in Gaza.

A large stock of weapons was found at his home, which would appear to confirm French suspicions that Benladghem belonged to a criminal group with terrorist links. However, proof of his affiliation to a particular organisation has yet to be found.