Belgium: 12 arrested, 3 charged in terror plot against soccer fans

Belgium: 12 arrested, 3 charged in terror plot against soccer fans
Belgian police on 14 January, aware that national gun laws have not disarmed the terrorists. (Image: EPA, Olivier Hoslet via Guardian)

Belgian authorities charged three people in connection with a suspected terror plot amid a broadcast report of a plan to attack fans gathering to watch the national soccer team.

The trio of Belgian citizens were accused of “having attempted to commit a terrorist murder and for participation in the activities of a terrorist group,” Belgium’s federal prosecutor said in an e-mail Saturday. …

Counterterrorism forces across Europe have increased security during the soccer championships, particularly in France where the tournament is taking place until July 10.

Prosecutors identified those charged as Samir C., born on Jan. 13, 1989; Moustapha B., born on March 14, 1976; and Jawad B., born on March 3, 1987. The other nine people who were arrested during the overnight raids were released without charge, prosecutors said.

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