Saturday 3 December 2016

Ten people detained in Belgian raids over Islamic State recruiting

Published 16/02/2016 | 09:07

Islamic State stock photo
Islamic State stock photo

Ten people have been arrested during a series of raids in Brussels linked to a recruiting network for the Islamic State group.

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Belgium's federal prosecutor's office said in a statement on Tuesday that nine raids were carried out in four suburbs, including the Molenbeek area where many extremists have stayed.

Computer material and mobile telephones were seized during the raids and are currently being examined.

The statement said the police action has helped "to establish that several people have probably gone to Syria to join Islamic State".

A judge is due to decide later on Tuesday whether those detained should be charged.

The raids are not linked to the deadly attacks in Paris last year.

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