Police in Belgium say they have foiled an alleged plot to commit terrorist attacks in the country. A total of 17 men allegedly linked to the extreme- right neo-nazi organisation “Blood and Honour” have been arrested in mass raids in the northern region of Flanders.
At least ten of the group are said to be members of the Belgian army. The main suspect – a soldier in the Leopoldsburg Liberation Regiment – is thought to be the head of the Flemish wing of the extreme-right group. Belgium’s Federal Prosecutor Daniel Bernard said: “There was no evidence of an imminent attack, but from the documents the authorities had seized it was clear that the group wanted to attack the structure and institutions of the state”.
A bomb capable of blowing up a car was just one of the items seized in the raids on five barracks and 18 homes in Flanders. “We found an enormous amount of ammunition. All manner of weapons from hunting rifles to military guns, detonators and above all extreme right and even neo-nazi propaganda,” added the Federal Prosecutor.
The arrests were the result of a two year investigation. Sources claim the group had used army grounds for paramilitary exercises, shooting practice, as well as the spreading of neo-nazi ideology. Patrick Coeman, who studies right-wing organisations, says “Blood and Honour” is particularly powerful in Belgium because it is the only place in Europe where the group is legal.