Belgium: Two Muslims Dead, One In Custody After Police Raid Terror Cell Planning “Major, Imminent Attack”
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By Katharine Lackey and Oren Dorell, USA Today – “Two terror suspects were killed and another was in custody after a police raid on a cell planning a ‘major, imminent attack’ in Belgium, a magistrate said at a news conference Thursday.
Those targeted in the raid had been under surveillance since recently returning to Belgium from Syria and were close to carrying out an attack, Magistrate Eric Van der Sypt said.
The operation in the industrial town of Verviers, located about 80 miles southeast of the capital of Brussels, came amid heightened concerns over terrorism in Europe in the wake of last week’s Paris terror attacks and the threat of extremists returning from Syria.
However, Sypt said there was no link yet to the Paris attacks, and the operation was the result of an investigation into extremists returning from Syria that had been underway for a few weeks.
The suspects were killed after they opened fired on authorities near a train station inVerviers. No civilians or officers were injured, Sypt said.
‘These were extremely well-armed men,’ with automatic weapons, Van der Sypt said.
Witnesses told Belgium’s RTBF radio they heard a series of explosions followed by rapid fire near a bakery and a train station in the town.
Belgium’s terror alert level has been raised to its second highest level, and anti-terror raids were also underway in near Brussels, Sypt said.
Islamic State militants had threatened attacks on Belgium in a video released Wednesday, the Brussels-based Belga news agency reported, according to AFP.
The terrorism cell targeted in Verviers is believed to have ties to the militant group, CNN reported. A senior Belgian counter-terrorism official told CNN the group had been instructed by the Islamic State to carry out attacks in Belgium and Europe in retaliation for the U.S.-led airstrikes against the militants in Syria and Iraq.” Read more.
Flashback: Belgium: Hundreds Of Muslims And Their Terror-Sympathizing Enablers Demand The ‘Slaughter Of Jews’ – “Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews. Approximately 500 people attended Saturday’s protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means ‘slaughter the Jews.’ … The protesters also called out ‘Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning,’ referencing a seventh-century slaughter against Jews in Saudi Arabia.” Read more.
Flashback: The Islamization Of Belgium And The Netherlands In 2013 – “Belgium and the Netherlands have some of the largest Muslim communities in the European Union, in percentage terms. Belgium is home to an estimated 650,000 Muslims, or around 6% of the overall population, based on an average of several statistical estimates. The Netherlands is home to an estimated 925,000 Muslims, which also works out to around 6% of the overall population. Within the EU, only France (7.5%) has more Muslims in relative terms… The number of Muslims in Brussels — where roughly half of the number of Muslims in Belgium currently live — has reached 300,000, which means that the self-styled ‘Capital of Europe’ is now one of the most Islamic cities in Europe.” Read more.
Flashback: Belgium: Jihadist Calls On Young Muslims To Follow Example Of Jewish Museum Killer – ““Azzedine Kbir Bounekoub, an inhabitant of Antwerp who went to Syria to join the fight, called on young Muslims via Facebook to follow the example of the man who carried out the shootings at the Jewish Museum in Belgium and engage in more attacks… ‘May Allah drive more young people to follow the example of the man who committed the attack against the Jewish Museum. Martyrdom is not only an issue in Syria, but also in Belgium. Become a thorn in the eye of the enemies of Islam’, he said in his message.” Read more.