12 people plotting terror attacks arrested overnight in Belgium, 1 reportedly worked at airport

Saturday, June 18, 2016
By Paul Martin

18 Jun, 2016

At least 12 people have been arrested overnight during anti-terrorist operations across Belgium on suspicion of plotting attacks, the federal prosecutor said. Reports emerged that one of the suspects worked at Zaventem Airport and had previously contacted a Brussels suicide bomber.

“In connection with a criminal investigation concerning terrorism… 40 people were taken for questioning. Twelve of them were arrested. The investigating judge will decide on their possible detention later today,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Some 40 addresses were searched during the raid.

The anti-terrorism operation was carried out in 16 areas, according to RTBF. Apart from Brussels, these sites included Molenbeek-St-Jean, Schaerbeek, Anderlecht, Koekelberg, Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Evere, Forest, Watermael-Boitsfort, Ganshoren, Zaventem, Ninove, Wemmel, Fleurus Tubize and Liège.

“Evidence was gathered [and] as part of the instruction [we] needed to intervene immediately,” the federal prosecutor said in a statement.

No weapons or explosives have been found during the raids so far.

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