Belgian police arrest three linked to foiled French plot: prosecutor

25th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Three men have been arrested in Brussels over links to a French terror plot foiled by police outside Paris late on Thursday, the Belgian federal prosecutor said.

"Police carried out two searches as part of a terrorism case linked to the arrest (near Paris) of Reda Kriket," the prosecutor said in a statement on Friday.

Two of the men were injured in the leg during separate operations, the prosecutor said, the first in the Brussels district of Forest where a previous raid led to the arrest of top Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam.

The second incident took place during an anti-terrorist operation on Friday afternoon at a busy intersection in the Schaerbeek district.

Amateur video footage on social media shot from an upper storey window showed a man lying by a tram station holding a small backpack.

The arrest was linked to the detention of 34-year-old Kriket, who was caught with heavy weapons and explosives in his apartment near Paris.

Kriket was sentenced in absentia by a Belgian court in February for his connection to a terror network in Brussels with links to recruiter Khalid Zerkani.

That network also included Abdelhamid Abbaoud, the Paris attack ringleader, and Najim Laachraoui, one of the three suicide bombers who struck Brussels this week.

The prosecutor also linked Laachraoui to November's Paris carnage in which 130 people died, saying his DNA was found on a suicide vest and a piece of cloth discovered at the Bataclan concert hall where 90 people were killed.


© 2016 AFP

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