Belgium seeks more suspects in terror case, new attack feared
[AlAhram] Belgian prosecutors said Thursday they were looking for further suspects in an emerging terror investigation and that they feared a possible attack.
"We are still looking for several terrorism suspects," Eric van der Sypt, the front man for the federal prosecutors' office, told VTM television, adding, "We fear they may feel cornered. We therefore fear there could be the same reaction as on March 22 (2016)."
Van der Sypt was referring to twin attacks by jacket wallahs in Brussels on March 22 2016, killing 32 people, that occurred after police came across a weapons cache.
On Wednesday, police charged two brothers of a convicted jihadist with belonging to a "terrorist group," suspected of planning an attack with a large stash of weapons including Kalashnikov rifles.
The pair, named as Akim and Khalid Saouti, were among four people detained in the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht, two of whom were later released.
A fifth man was tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
across the border in northern La Belle France, near the city of Lille.
A source close to the probe said the two men in jug are brothers of Said Saouti, a member of the Kamikaze Bikers club
who was placed in durance vile
| ...a Salafist motorcycle gang inspired by ISIS, several of whose members were arrested in the final days of 2015 for planning a Paris-style mass attack on Brussels' Grand Place and the nearby police station..|
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
for six years in 2016 for recruiting people to jihadist organizations and supporting the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not
(IS) group on social media.
RTL news network cited Van der Sypt as saying the authorities had no "new element" suggesting that an attack was imminent.
A source with knowledge of the French operation said the fifth man was suspected of planning a "violent attack."
Police had searched four houses and two garages overnight in the Anderlecht district of Brussels. In one garage they found three Kalashnikovs, ammunition, other firearms and four detonators, the prosecutors said.
Police also found a blue police beacon, a security agency uniform, two police uniforms and a civil protection service uniform, suggesting that the group may have been planning an attack disguised as security forces.
Posted by: trailing wife 2017-07-07