Belgium Arrests Over Fears Of Terror Plot
Four suspects thought to be recruiters for Islamic State are charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group.
Wednesday 25May 2016
Brussels remains on high alert after terrorist attacks in March
Belgian authorities have arrested four people who they say may have been plotting a new terror attack in the country.
Police say they found “traces” of a plot to launch a new attack in Belgium and that those detained are suspected of recruiting jihadists for Syria and Libya on behalf of Islamic State.
The suspects were all charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group. One has been released under strict conditions and another was released with an electronic tag. Police also carried out searches in the city of Antwerp and in two other locations.
“The four were more involved in the part of recruiting,” Eric Van der Sypt, a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecutors said.
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“And we found traces of plans for an attack in Belgium.”
Belgium’s capital remains on high alert after terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport in Zaventem and at Maalbeek metro station in March killed 32 people and injured 200 more.
However, prosecutors say the four do not appear to have links to the suicide bombers who carried out those attacks.
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