Four suspected Isis recruiters arrested in Belgium

Police said they found 'traces' of a plot to launch a new attack in Belgium

Alexandra Sims
Wednesday 25 May 2016 19:53 BST
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Belgian prosecutors have detained four suspected Isis recruiters who they say may have planned new attacks in the country.

Police said they found “traces” of a plot to launch a new attack in Belgium and that those detained are suspected of recruiting jihadists for Syria and Libya.

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday that all four were charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group.

Eric Van der Sypt, a spokesman for Belgium's federal prosecutors, told AFP: “The four were more involved in the part of recruiting.

“And we found traces of plans for an attack in Belgium."

The statement said the four do not appear to have links to the suicide bombers who struck the Brussels Airport and subway on March 22, killing 32 people.

Searches were reportedly carried out in Antwerp and two other locations.

Prosecutors said some of those detained had planned to travel to Syria or Libya and join Isis.

The prosecutor's office said no additional details would be made public in order not to impede an on-going investigation.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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