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A policewomen searching for evidence in the bad area of Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium on February 2011
A policewomen searching for evidence in Molenbeek, a heavily immigrant district in Brussels, Belgium. Feb. 2011.Sébastien Van Malleghem
A policewomen searching for evidence in the bad area of Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium on February 2011
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A Police woman search a women in the middle of the street after a call for a street fight. Brussels Ouest ( Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Koekelberg, Jette, Ganshoren et Berchem-Sainte-Agathe), Belgium on January 28, 2010.
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A policeman enters in the kitchen of a private home follwing a call for a family fight in Molenbeek, Brussels on December 2011.
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One of the biggest drug (haschich) caught of the year by the civilian branch of the Brussels Ouest Police ( covering the cities of  Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Koekelberg, Jette, Ganshoren et Berchem-Sainte-Agathe) in Brussels on May 2010.
Packs of drugs found in the pocket of a drug dealer caught earlier. Thepacks of drugs will be placed in a security bag and will serve later for evidence to prove that the person was selling drugs. Central Police Station of Brussels Ouest, Molenbeek on March 2011.
View from the window of the back seat of a police car driving trough the city of Molenbeek, Brussels Ouest District, Belgium on December 2011.
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Call for alarm with possible suspects present inside a private building of the city of Jette. The Police from Brussels Ouest was searching the surrounding, armed in case of face to face with armed criminals. Brussels Ouest Police Disctrict covers the cities of  Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Koekelberg, Jette, Ganshoren et Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, in Brussels on January 2010.
A policewomen searching for evidence in Molenbeek, a heavily immigrant district in Brussels, Belgium. Feb. 2011.
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Shadowing the Police in Belgium's Hotbed of Extremism

Mar 22, 2016

In a year marred by European terror attacks, one Belgian neighborhood has gained a reputation as a breeding ground for Islamic extremism.

Molenbeek, a suburb of Brussels, is where at least four of the extremists who launched a deadly series of attacks in Paris in November grew up. The neighborhood has also been linked to the 2015 French train attack, which was broken up by passengers; the 2014 attack on the Jewish museum in Belgium; and the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Salah Abdeslam, the last living suspect in the Paris attacks, also grew up in Molenbeek — and was captured there last week. Just four days later, Brussels came under attack again, when dozens were killed in a series of bombings claimed by ISIS.

In 2011, Sebastien Van Malleghem, a Belgian photographer, visited Molenbeek for a project on law and order. His images, which were shot as Van Malleghem shadowed local police officers, offer a stark look inside the community and its relationship with law enforcement.

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