Belgium Makes Two Arrests to Ward Off New Year's Terrorism

  • Four others questioned, released after raids Sunday, Monday
  • Prosecutors see `serious threat' of Brussels New Year's attack

Belgian police arrested two people in an effort to foil possible terrorist attacks in Brussels during the New Year’s celebrations.

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The two suspects were held and four others questioned and released after raids Sunday and Monday in and near Brussels and in eastern Belgium, federal prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that they uncovered “serious threats of attacks targeting several symbolic sites in Brussels which would be committed during the New Year’s festivities.”

Military training gear and Islamic State propaganda were seized, but no weapons or explosives. The arrests weren’t connected with the probe into the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, according to the statement.

One of the suspects is a possible ringleader of a terrorist group, the other a potential participant, the statement said.

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