Belgian police arrest two over suspected New Year’s Eve attack plot

Belgian police have arrested two people in different parts of the country who were suspected of plotting attacks during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Brussels, prosecutors have said.

Less than two months after the jihadi attacks in Paris, which France said were planned in Belgium, the federal prosecutor’s office said police seized military-style uniforms, computers and Islamic State propaganda during raids in Brussels, Brabant to the north, and near Liège in the east.

Six people were detained for questioning in the raids on Sunday but four had since been released, the prosecutors said on Tuesday. No weapons or explosives were recovered, and the operation was not linked to the Isis suicide bombings and shootings in Paris in November that killed 130 people, they added.

One of the two men arrested was being held on suspicion of planning attacks as well as “playing a lead role in the activities of a terrorist group and recruiting for terrorist acts,” the prosecutor’s office said.

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