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Belgium holds al Qaeda suspects over attack plan

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Belgium holds al Qaeda suspects over attack plan


Belgium has detained 14 people suspected of links with al Qaeda, including one who may have been planning a suicide attack. According to federal prosecutors, it could have concerned an operation in Pakistan or Afghanistan, but it is not excluded that Belgium or Europe could have been the target. Police raided 16 properties in Brussels and one in the eastern city of Liege, seizing computers and documents, but no weapons or explosives. It is thought the target of the suspected attack could have been the European Union leaders’ summit which started on Thursday.

Arriving for the meeting in Brussels, Belgium’s Prime Minister Yves Leterme said “the results of the raids and the fact that a number of people will appear before a judge is a sign of how seriously the threat is being taken.” The investigation is thought to centre on people linked to Tunisian Nizar Trabelsi, 37, who was jailed for ten years in 2003 for planning to drive a car bomb into a Belgian air base where around 100 American military personnel are based.

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