Police have arrested 12 people in a bid to foil a suspected terror attack on football supporters in Brussels watching Belgium’s Euro 2016 game against Ireland later today. Officers made the arrests and raided dozens of homes and garages across Belgium overnight during a major police operation.
Flemish public broadcaster VTM said the people arrested overnight were suspected of planning an attack in Brussels this weekend during one of Belgium’s matches in the Euro tournament. Belgian police on Wednesday received an anti-terror alert warning that a group of Islamic State fighters recently left Syria en route for Europe planning attacks in Belgium and France, security officials said.
The federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement “immediate intervention” had been required.