Brussels : Belgium, which has been fighting terrorist attacks over a period of time, saved itself of a possible New Year attack in the coming days as Belgian police succeeded in catching suspects working on a plot of conducting terror attacks within the region. Belgian police have arrested two people suspected of planning attacks in Brussels on New Year’s Eve. Police conducted raids since Sunday, through Monday and made the arrests. Raids took place on Sunday and Monday in Brussels and the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Liege.
Police has seized military clothing and computer equipment in the raids. The two suspects have been taken into custody and are being interrogated. Belgium has been on high alert since the attacks of 13 November in Paris. The reason for the alert connects to the fact that several of the perpetrators of the Paris attack are thought to have been based in Belgium. However, the latest arrests are not linked to the Paris attacks, as informed by officials.
Out of the two arrested, one is suspected of leading and recruiting for a terrorist cell. Both the suspects are accused of planning attacks against several ‘symbolic targets’ in Brussels. they have also been accused of conducting attacks on force, and causing injuries to Police personnel in the past.
Belgium has stood witness to times such as — attack on a Jewish Museum, Brussels in May 2014, when, Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman from just over the border in Roubaix, was caught who was found accused of murdering four people. Also, the Paris attacks in January 2015, for which, Gunman Ahmed Coulibaly had been found to have been in Brussels shopping for rocket-launchers and guns used to kill 17 people. In the same month, two men killed in police raid in eastern Belgian town were found plotting attacks on Belgian police. And, the Thalys ‘abort’ train attack in the month of August 2015, wherein suspect Ayoub El Khazzani was traced to have stayed at sister’s house in Molenbeek before attack on high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris via Brussels. And, finally, the Paris attacks this November, in which, the mastermind of the attack was supposedly thought to be Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and many of his accomplices too were suspected of having links to Belgium.