Three Charged With Planning Terror Attack in Belgium

Attack may have been planned to coincide with Euro 2016 soccer match Saturday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2016 12:25 PM CDT
Dozen Arrested on Suspicion of Planning Terror Attack in Belgium
Police officers search a backpack at Antwerp Central train station in Antwerp, Belgium, on Saturday in response to a suspicious package. At the same time, homes and car ports were searched, mostly in and around Brussels, in an anti-terror sweep.   (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Twelve people were arrested in Brussels on suspicion of planning terror attacks after dozens of homes were raided and 40 people were questioned overnight, NBC News reports. According to AFP, three of those arrested have been charged with attempted terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group. The other nine were released. Officials say there was a need for "immediate intervention" as the suspects may have been planning an attack in Brussels to coincide with a Euro 2016 soccer match Saturday, Al-Jazeera reports. According to the AP, the European Championships are currently taking place in France, but people were gathering all over Belgium to watch Belgium take on Ireland on Saturday.

There were no difficulties during the raids, and no weapons were found. "In the interest of the investigation, currently no further details can be given." NBC quotes a statement from the Belgium Federal Prosecutor’s Office as saying. The Belgian prime minister says the situation is "under control," though the country will remain under the second highest terror level. "It is not over," Belgium's interior minister tells the AP. "Something is still up." Belgium's soccer team ended up defeating Ireland 3-0 in its Euro match. (Read more terrorism stories.)

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