Two suspects dead as police foil jihadist terror plot in Belgium
A pair of jihadists from Syria are dead after police in Belgium raided their facility.
Belgian police have killed two men in Verviers, eastern Belgium, during one of about a dozen counter-terrorism raids against a group suspected of preparing to launch attacks on a grand scale, a federal prosecutor told a news conference.
A third man was arrested during the operation in the town of Verviers, Eric Van Der Sypt said, adding that there was, for the time being, no direct connection to last week’s attacks in Paris. No police were injured in the operation, he said.
“The suspects immediately and for several minutes opened fire with military weaponry and handguns on the special units of the federal police before they were neutralised,” he said.
The Belga news agency quoted officials as saying the targets of the raid had been under surveillance since recently returning from Syria. It said there were several casualties and that police activity was continuing.
The Standaard news site, quoting police sources, reported: “The three men had been under long-term surveillance. They had come back from conflict zones, undoubtedly Syria, and they had planned an attack against a police station. They had Kalashnikovs.”
I have a feeling that there’s going to be a lot more of this in the coming months. Yesterday, a similar terror plot was foiled here in the United States.