Saturday 24 March 2018

Police arrest 10 suspects in Belgian terror probe

Duncan Gardham in London

COUNTER-terrorism police across Europe have rounded up 10 suspects accused of planning attacks in Belgium.

The suspects, of Belgian, Dutch, Moroccan and Russian nationality, were detained in raids on addresses in Belgium itself, the Netherlands and Germany. Some are suspected of planning a possible attack, although Belgian prosecutors did not specify targets.

Others are suspected of involvement in recruiting for a Chechen terrorist group called the Caucasus Emirate.

Arrests have previously been made in connection with the group in Spain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Belgian prosecutors said "there was talk of plans for an attack in Belgium by an international jihadist organisation".

The police also targeted "the recruiters, candidate jihadists and financing" for the Caucasus Emirate, which aims to establish an Islamic emirate in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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