Two Suspects Allegedly Plotting Attack In Brussels Arrested

People walk on the central square in Brussels

Authorities have been investigating an asserted plot in that was to focus on several outstanding sites in Brussels throughout "the end of the year/New Year's celebrations", in accordance to the prosecutor's workplace, which let go no additional details concerning the plan.

One of the intended targets was the Belgian capital's main square, visited by holiday shoppers this time of the year, a source said, as reported by New York Post.

"On the Grand Place, there are a lot of people, as well as soldiers and police who are patrolling, as well as a police station nearby", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized by the judge leading the investigation to make public statements.

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 offences as principal or secondary actor, the prosecutor's office said.

The searches were not linked to the November Paris attacks in which 130 people were killed.

Police and soldiers in Brussels have also been ordered to take special precautions to ensure their own safety, said Benoit Ramacker, spokesman for the Belgian government's Crisis Centre. He also emphasized that there is a need to also invest in ending "all forms of stigmatization and segregation, and helping people who are drawn to fanatical indoctrination to resist".

It came after schools, universities and the Metro wereshut down in Brussels for several days last month after authorities raised the alert over a "serious and imminent" terror threat.

The men are suspected to have discussed attacking Brussels' Grand Place square and other places where crowds gather as well as police and military facilities.

Two of the Paris suicide bombers, Brahim Abdeslam and Bilal Hadfi, had been living in Belgium.

Belgian police have arrested nine people in connection with the Paris attacks. But I repeat: "if it's ever necessary, we'll take the decision (to recommend cancellation), even if it's a hard one".

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