Two Held Over Brussels New Year's Terror Plot

Two Held Over Brussels New Year's Terror Plot

Belgium police may have prevented a devastating attack: according to a media report the authorities had to assume that threatened a terror attack modeled on the Paris attacks.

On Wednesday, Brussels city leaders were expected to decide whether the annual New Year's Eve fireworks display, scheduled for another large public square near the Grand Place, should go ahead as scheduled. "So we take security measures that are adapted".

Police seized military clothing and computer equipment in the raids, but no weapons or explosives. The names of the suspects weren't released.

The remaining two, both understood to be male, were placed under arrest on charges including participation in the activities of a terrorist group as a leader or recruiter with the aim of committing terrorist offenses as a principal or secondary actor, the prosecutor's office said.

Benoit Ramacker, spokesman for the Belgian government's Crisis Center, said that the police has been ordered to take steps to ensure their safety.

The historic Grand place in the Centre of Brussels historic center had been named as a specific target of attack. Poisonous mix in that makes Belgiumthe Belgium fertile ground for terrorism The plot seems to have been impressed, still not directed, by the ISIS terror group, the counterterrorism official stated.

The two suspects were arrested following searches Sunday and Monday in the Brussels area, the eastern Liege region and Flemish Brabant, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. & Monday., the prosecutor's workplace stated.

That's what a group of eight Belgian soldiers and two female police officers are alleged to have done while Brussels was on lockdown in the wake of the Paris attacks last month.

The prosecutors said Tuesday's announcement was not linked to that investigation.

Their main quarry, however, was not there: Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who went on to become the suspected ringleader of the attacks in Paris.

Brahim's brother, Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the attacks on November 13, had had fled to Belgium afterwards and remains on the run.

Belgian police have arrested nine people in connection with the Paris attacks.

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