Terrorists scare Brussels again, but this time, the Isis cell that “might” have wanted to strike the football fans who were watching the Belgium-Ireland match on giant screens, were stopped before they managed to carry out the “imminent attack” that triggered a massive raid on Saturday night.
Twelve detentions, 150 searches, and over 40 interrogations: these are the extraordinary measures that have allowed the police to foil another death plan, which would have struck the “fan zone” in Brussels yesterday afternoon, during the game of the country’s national team. On Saturday night, the prosecutor confirmed three arrests. The men involved in the plan were charged with attempted terrorist murder, whereas the others were released after interrogations. The three men under arrest are Belgian nationals: Samir C., born on 12 January, 1989; Moustapha B., born on 14 March, 1976, and Jawad B., born on 3 March, 1987.
“Neither weapons nor explosives” have been found so far, explains the federal prosecutor’s office in a statement, adding that “the evidence collected during the investigation required immediate action.” Meanwhile, the alert level in Belgium and in its capital is still at level 3 (on a scale of 1 to 4) and the government has decided to take extraordinary security measures, especially to protect crowded places where fans follow football matches. According to Bmftv’s explaination, many of the suspects had been controlled and trailed for days by the anti-terrorist squad because they are considered to be members of a cell that wanted to commit attacks and had the means to do so.