Belgium opens terrorism probe linked to Paris attacks: prosecutor

14th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

Belgium has opened a terrorism probe linked to the attacks in Paris as police raided a neighbourhood in the capital Brussels and arrested several suspects, prosecutors said Saturday.

The federal prosecutor's office said its counterparts in Paris had asked for help after a car with Belgian license plates and rented in Belgium was found near a concert hall where scores of people were killed on Friday night.

An anti-terrorism judge took up the case because two of the people killed in Paris were Belgians, the office said in a statement.

"The investigation is opened into a charge of terrorism and participation in the activities of a terrorist group," the prosecutor's office said.

"Several arrests were carried out at the end of the afternoon. The operations are still underway in the Molenbeek neighbourhood," it added.

© 2015 AFP

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