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Police foil 'major terror attack' by arresting 12 people in Brussels suspected of planning new atrocities

Mirror Mirror 18/06/2016

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Anti-terror police are believed to have foiled a 'major terror attack' by arresting 12 people in Brussels.

Belgian authorities say the plot required "immediate intervention".

The dozen suspects were arrested on Friday and Saturday as police raided 40 houses across Belgium.

Homes and garages were searched in 16 different municipalities, mostly in and around Brussels and including the area of Molenbeek.

A total of 40 people were questioned during the swoop, the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement.

There were no major incidents during the raids and no weapons or explosives are thought to have been found.

© Provided by Mirror A statement from the prosecutors office said: "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.

“Evidence was gathered [and] as part of the instruction [we] needed to intervene immediately."

Prosecutors also say they have arrested a Belgian national in connection with the Brussels Terror attacks on March 22.

The suspect was named as Youssef EA, reports the Wall Street Journal.

© Provided by Mirror The 30-year-old was charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempts at terrorist murders.

Prosecutors gave no further information.

Belgium remains under the second highest terror alert in the wake of the March 22 attacks.

A total of 32 people were killed, with dozens more injured, after bombs which targeted the airport and a metro train.

The bombings were the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium's history.

Islamist terror group ISIS later claimed responsibility for the blasts.

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