Belgium arrests 10 suspected of Daesh recruiting

Published February 16th, 2016 - 01:30 GMT
Belgian police officers secure an area in Brussels during a previous raid on November 22, 2015. (AFP/Nicolas Maeterlinck)
Belgian police officers secure an area in Brussels during a previous raid on November 22, 2015. (AFP/Nicolas Maeterlinck)

Belgian police have detained 10 people on Tuesday suspected of operating a recruitment ring for the Daesh militant group.

Nine raids were carried out on homes in and around Brussels at the request of a judge in Liège, who specialises in terrorism-related cases.

Federal prosecutors say computer equipment and mobile phones were seized in the operations around the capital.

“Our investigation points to several persons having left for Syria to join Islamic State [Daesh],” Belgium’s federal prosecutors said.

Belgium has one of the highest rates in Europe of participation in militant groups, such as Daesh, per capita.

Local media report the inquiry is not linked to the November Paris attacks, which were partly planned in Belgium and following which Belgian police arrested ten people.


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