Raids in Brussels against armed robberies

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15 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Police raided 20 homes in Brussels on Monday morning in a large-scale operation against a spate of armed robberies.

15 May 2006

BRUSSELS — Police raided 20 homes in Brussels on Monday morning in a large-scale operation against a spate of armed robberies.

Four youths were arrested in the joint federal police and public prosecution operation.

Monday's raids were the third such operation in the past three weeks.

Some 11 suspects were arrested in the two previous operations, news agency Belga reported.

Federal police spokesman Glenn Audenaert said the suspects arrested on Monday will be placed in identity parades.

The house searches were prompted by a sharp rise in the number of armed robberies in Brussels since the start of this year.

Smaller bank branches, shops and chemists have particularly been targeted by armed robbers this year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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