Four suspected Islamic State (IS) members were detained by the Belgian police on Wednesday after police raids in Antwerp, Ternat and Borgerhout.
Two of the people detained were formally arrested, one was released under strict conditions and the last one was released with an electronic bracelet. The prosecutors said some of those detained were planning to go to Syria or Libya and join the terrorists group.
All four are “suspected of trying to recruit individuals to travel to conflict zones in Syria or Libya” a prosecutors’ statement said. The prosecutor added that the initial findings showed that the suspected terrorists were also planning to conduct another terrorist attack in Belgium, but the prosecutor didn’t provide any additional information regarding the potential attacks.
“The preliminary information of the investigation shows that there were also plans to carry out an attack in Belgium somewhere,” the prosecutor’s office said.
The police carried out 8 searches in the Antwerp area on Wednesday morning and it announced that no explosives were found during the raids. Moreover, it said that the group detained had no links with the terrorists who did the March 22 suicide bombings at the international airport and on the metro in Brussels causing the death of 31 people.
Eric Van der Sypt, a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecutors, told AFP new agency: “The four were more involved in the part of recruiting.”
The prosecutor said that no more information about the case would be revealed to the media, due to risk of hampering the ongoing investigation.