Belgium Arrests Another Suspect in Terrorism ProbeGaspard Sebag
Belgium arrested another suspect in its anti-terrorism investigation after foiling a plot last week to target police forces.
The man, a Belgian national born in 1993 and identified as Abdelmounaim H., was detained Tuesday, federal prosecutors said in a statement. He was charged with participating in terrorist activities.
In a raid on Jan. 15 in the eastern town of Verviers, Belgian police killed two men suspected of planning a “major” attack and arrested three others in searches there and around Brussels. The shootout came a week after three days of attacks in France killed 17 people, triggering a Europe-wide swoop on suspected terrorist cells.
Belgian prosecutors today released partial identities of the suspects shot dead in Verviers: Sofiane A., who has Belgian and Moroccan nationality and was born in 1988; and Belgian national Khalid B., born in 1991.
Authorities in the Netherlands opened their own investigation after the passport of a Dutch national, identified as Zaiud K., was found in the house raided in Verviers, the Belgian prosecutors said.
Paris police investigators said they are making more headway in piecing together the possible network behind the Jan. 9 attack at a Jewish grocery than they have on the brothers who attacked satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Three Belgian suspects arrested on terrorism charges after the Jan. 15 operations were identified today as Marouan E., born in 1989; Mohamed A., born in 1988; and Billel H., born in 1988. Their custody was extended today by a Brussels court, the prosecutors said.
All three are charged with participating in terrorist activities and infractions of the law on weapons. Marouan E. is also charged with armed rebellion with premeditation, the prosecutors said.
Belgian prosecutors also confirmed that the Greek authorities will extradite an 1982-born Algerian suspect, identified as Omar S., in the coming days.
As part of another case, three people were detained on Jan. 15 at a Brussels airport as they were planning to go to Syria via Greece, prosecutors said.