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Belgium: two brothers detained on suspicion of plotting attacks

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By Euronews  with Reuters, The Telegraph, Le Soir
Belgium: two brothers detained on suspicion of plotting attacks

<p>Prosecutors in Belgium say two brothers have been detained during an anti-terror operation. Identified simply as 33-year-old Nourredine H and Hamza, the pair are <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-attacks-belgium-idUSKCN10A08T?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29">suspected of plotting attacks in the country</a>.</p> <p>The federal prosecutor’s office issued a statement about the arrests, saying:<br /> “Based on provisional results from the investigation, it appears that there were plans to carry out attacks in Belgium.”</p> <p>House searches in the cities of Liege and Mons did not turn up any weapons or explosives.</p> <p>Belgium has been on a state of high alert since coordinated, <span class="caps">ISIL</span>-claimed, bombings in the capital in March. Thirty two people were killed and many more wounded in the explosions at Brussels airport and on a metro train. </p> <p>The prosecutor’s office said no link had been found between the brothers and those explosions.</p> <p>Neighbouring France recently extended its state of emergency following a spate of deadly attacks. <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/29/two-paris-attacks-suspects-extradited-to-france-from-austria/">Two men were extradited</a> there from Austria on Friday on suspicion of belonging to an <span class="caps">ISIL</span> cell which carried out a series of coordinated assaults on Paris in November, 2015.</p> <p>Algerian Adel Haddadi, 29 and Pakistani Mohamed Usman, 35, were reportedly turned over by Austrian authorities after being charged with “criminal conspiracy with terrorists.”</p>