Battling terror on two fronts, Belgian police were holding eight people today over an alleged New Year plot in Brussels and also arrested a tenth suspect over last month’s massacre in Paris.
Both Brussels and Paris have cancelled annual New Year’s Eve fireworks displays as soldiers and police ramped up security in European capitals over perceived terror threats.
“It’s better not to take any risks,” Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur said when he announced the showpiece event’s cancellation late yesterday.
Prosecutors said two men had already been formally charged with terrorism-related offences and police detained six more people today for questioning over an alleged plot to strike “emblematic sites” in the Belgian capital during the year-end festivities.
They identified the pair as Said S, 30, and Mohammed K, 27. The men’s lawyers told AFP their full names are Said Saouti and Mohammed Karay.
A source close to the investigation also told AFP that officials were trying to determine whether members of a motorcyle gang called the “Kamikaze Riders” were involved.