Belgian police arrest 12 terror suspects
Twelve people suspected of planning new attacks were arrested across Belgium overnight, with reports that they were planning an attack on the Euro 2016 soccer tournament.
‘In connection with a criminal investigation concerning terrorism … 40 persons were taken for questioning. Twelve among them were arrested. The investigating judge will decide on their possible detention later today,’ a statement from Belgian officials said.
Investigators have confirmed links between the perpetrators, some of whom were based in Belgium.
Flemish public broadcaster VTM said the people arrested overnight were suspected of planning an attack in Brussels this weekend during one of Belgium’s soccer matches in the Euros.
Belgian police on Wednesday received an anti-terror alert warning that a group of Islamic State fighters recently left Syria en route for Europe planning attacks in Belgium and France, security officials said.