Two arrested in terror plot to attack Brussels

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Belgian police arrested two people in connection with a plot to attack Brussels during the holiday season, authorities announced Tuesday.

The two were arrested after an investigation found “the threat of serious attacks that would target several emblematic places in Brussels and be committed during the end-of-year holidays,” Belgium’s federal prosecutor’s office said, according to The Associated Press.

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The arrests came after a series of raids Sunday and Monday in Brussels, Liege and the Flanders region of Belgium, according to multiple reports. No weapons or explosives were found in the raids, but police seized computer hardware, military-style clothing and propaganda for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Prosecutors did not release the identities of the suspects nor details of the suspected plot.

The two were charged with participating in a terrorist group. One of them, who reports say was described as a leader, was also charged with recruiting people to commit terrorism.

The investigation was not connected with the November terrorist attacks in Paris, the prosecutor’s office said.

Several of the Paris attackers had connections with Belgium. Following the attacks, Brussels was put on lockdown for several days. Police have arrested nine people in Belgium suspected of having links to the Paris attacks.