Arrests in Belgium anti-terror raids

Belgian police arrest 16 in anti-terror raids

  • 23 November 2015
  • From the section Europe
Belgian special police forces take part in an operation in the neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels, Belgium, November 22, 2015,Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Prosecutors said Belgian anti-terror police arrested 16 people in 22 raids

Belgian authorities have actually made 16 arrests in anti-terror raids however presumed Paris attacks shooter Salah Abdeslam stays at huge, the authorities have actually stated.

An overall of 22 raids were performed on Sunday throughout Brussels and Charleroi, Belgian district attorney Eric van der Sypt informed a press conference.
Cops fired 2 chance ats a vehicle throughout an operation in Molenbeek, hurting one suspect who was later on apprehended.
More than 130 individuals passed away and some 350 were hurt in the attacks in Paris.
No dynamites or weapons were discovered throughout the searches on Sunday, Mr van der Sypt stated.
Brussels will stay on the greatest level of horror alert, Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel stated. Universities, schools and the city’s city system will likewise stay shut.
Brussels has actually been on lockdown all weekend amidst a manhunt for Abdeslam, who is presumed of being amongst the foes who eliminated 130 individuals in Paris on Friday.
Mr Michel informed press reporters that authorities feared “an attack just like the one in Paris, with numerous people who might likewise perhaps introduce numerous attacks at the exact same time in numerous places”.
The BBC comprehends that another of the presumed enemies – envisioned in a brand-new French cops appeal provided on Sunday – shown up in Greece under the name of M al-Mahmod.
The BBC’s Ed Thomas has actually matched the image launched by French authorities with a picture on the arrival documents of a guy who reached the Greek island of Leros on 3 October.
French authorities have actually requested for more details about the guy, whom they state was the 3rd suicide bomber to strike the Stade de France on 13 November.
Previously, Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon stated the risk to Belgium was not tied to Abdeslam alone.
“The danger is wider than the one thought terrorist,” he informed Flemish broadcaster VRT.
It was unclear if Mr Jambon was describing those associated with the Paris attacks, or others who may be preparing attacks in Belgium.
Soldiers signed up with law enforcement officer on patrols in Brussels over the weekend. Numerous public areas in the typically dynamic capital were deserted, as individuals observed main cautions to prevent crowds.
Mohammed Abdeslam, the sibling of Brahim Abdeslam who blew himself up in Paris and Salah Abdeslam, spoke with Belgian TELEVISION on Sunday to advise his fugitive sibling to hand himself in.
The Belgian authorities have actually up until now charged 3 individuals with participation in the Paris attacks, asserted by Islamic State militants.
French media have actually reported that 9 militants performed the attacks, and 7 passed away on Friday night.