Belgian police detain four suspected Islamic State recruiters
Published 25/05/2016 | 19:56
Belgian prosecutors have detained four suspected Islamic State (IS) group recruiters who they say may have planned new attacks in the country.
The Federal Prosecutor's Office said in a statement on Wednesday that all four were charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group.
Two were ordered arrested by an investigating judge but one of them was released with an electronic bracelet. The other two were released under strict conditions.
The statement said the four do not appear to have links to the suicide bombers who struck the Brussels Airport and subway on March 22, killing 32 people.
Prosecutors said initial findings of the investigation indicated there may also have been plans for attacks in Belgium but provided no details.
Searches were carried out in Antwerp and two other locations.
The prosecutors said some of those detained were planning to go to Syria or Libya and join IS.
All of the suspects are believed to have wanted to recruit people to go to those conflict zones, the statement said.
Belgium has been one of the most fertile recruiting areas in Europe for the extremist group, which claimed responsibility for the attacks in Brussels as well as the November 13 attacks that killed 130 victims in Paris.
The prosecutor's office said no additional details would be made public in order not to hamper an ongoing investigation.