Belgium arrests jihadist recruiters

Belgian policemen. File photo

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – On Friday, the Belgian police arrested four people following a series of raids in various areas of the country in an attempt to dismantle extremists suspected of recruiting militant fighters for Syria. 

According to federal prosecutors, the raids were not linked to an operation earlier this month that foiled a plan to attack Belgian police nor to recent deadly militant attacks in Paris.

“This case concerns people who want to go to Syria and fight there. The investigation concentrates on the organization which recruits those persons and sends them to Syria,” said federal prosecutors in an official statement on Friday. 

Police found no weapons or explosives during the 22 raids, most of them in eastern Belgium, near the Dutch border.

The four arrested suspects are expected to be brought before a judge in order to determine the duration of their detention by the Belgian authorities. 

According to official estimations, at least 350 Belgians have headed to Syria in the last months to join the ranks of the militant group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS). 

The primary concern of Belgian authorities is that those who are currently fighting in Syria might plan attacks in their home country if they return.

Reportin by: Laila Majdalawi

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