Belgian authorities keep suspected Al-Qaeda members in custody

22nd January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Belgian authorities decided on Wednesday to keep three suspected Al-Qaeda members in custody after their arrest last month, federal prosecutors said.

BRUSSELS - The two men and one woman were part of a group of 14 people linked to an Islamic movement who were arrested in Brussels and the eastern city of Liege on December 11, the eve of an EU summit in the Belgian capital.

Six of those arrested were charged the day after with belonging to a terror group and were kept in custody. One of the members in the group appeared to be close to committing a suicide attack, according to prosecutors.

At the time of the raids, the enquiry was described as "the biggest" anti-terrorism operation in Belgium.

It was linked to a Belgian Islamist group involved in training as well as fighting on the Pakistan-Afghan border, in liaison with "important figures" in Al-Qaeda, according to the federal prosecutor's office.


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