Six suspects arrested in Brussels over attacks

Six suspects arrested in Brussels over attacks


Brussels – Belgian police have arrested six people in Brussels as a major investigation continues into attacks that claimed 31 lives in the city on Tuesday.

There is no word yet on the identities of the suspects or their possible connection to the attacks, reports BBC.

Separately, in France, a suspect who was plotting an attack has been arrested near Paris, officials said.

The Brussels bombings have been linked to last November’s Paris attacks.

So-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed the attacks in both Paris and Brussels.

The arrests in Schaerbeek were made late on Thursday, and followed house-to-house searches in the area.

Residents said they heard explosions during the police raids but the cause was unclear.

Also on Thursday evening, French police launched an anti-terror operation in Argenteuil, north-west of Paris, following the arrest hours earlier of a man suspected of planning an attack.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the suspected militant, a French national, was in an “advanced stage” of a plot, adding that no connection had been made to either the Brussels or the Paris attacks.

Police sources quoted in French media say the suspect had been convicted in his absence in another European country for seeking IS recruits to go to Syria.

Last November, 130 people died after militants opened fire and detonated bombs in a number of locations in the French capital.


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