Two suspects who are linked to the ISIS have been arrested in Belgium after police found out that an attack was planned on multiple locations across Brussels.
“The threat of serious attacks that would target several emblematic places in Brussels and be committed during the end-of-year holidays,” said the prosecution officer as quoted in a report in The Telegraph.
The media in Belgium has also speculated that the two had planned to blow up the police headquarters in Brussels and the Grand Place, although reports of this are not officially confirmed.
The police coordinated early morning raids for two days with heavily armed police officers inspecting major areas in Belgium, including the central square where most tourists wander. The raids discovered uniforms and Islamic state propaganda that have been found in their hide outs. However, explosives or guns were not found.
Police will be taking extra precaution up until New Year’s to ensure the nations safety and their own according to Benoit Ramacker, spokesman for the Belgian government’s Crisis Center.
House searches around the neighbourhood have been carried out by the Belgium police and six people were also been taken in for questioning. The police have released four of them on Tuesday, with two of them still in custody. These two have been charged for “participation in the activities of a terrorist group as a leader or recruiter with the aim of committing terrorist offenses as principal or secondary actor” the prosecutor’s officer said.
Many of the murderers that were responsible for the tragic death of 130 in Paris came from Belgium, especially the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek. This location is viewed as the prime location to recruit European jihadis.
A report on the Mirror says that last January, a raid in eastern Belgium saw two IS terrorist shot dead and hence this latest development has raised the security levels to the next level ahead on New Years eve.