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Belgian Authorities Looking for More Suspects after Arrests

Thursday, 06 July 2017 06:38 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities were looking for other potential suspects Thursday after raiding half-a-dozen sites and charging two men with terror-related offenses.

However, they insisted that they have no information that an attack was imminent and that the investigation was not linked to past attacks in Paris and Brussels.

"We have no material element whatsoever to assume that a new attack would be planned," Federal magistrate Eric Van der Sypt said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Van der Sypt refused to elaborate how many suspects authorities are still looking for.

"In investigations like this you are always looking for people," he said.

Wednesday's raids in Brussels set off alarm bells across Belgium as police found Kalashnikovs, small firearms, police uniforms and detonators. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement that two Belgians were charged with "taking part in the activities of a terrorist group."

Belgian media reported early Thursday that a new attack could happen soon as some people were still on the loose. The March 22, 2016, attacks at Zaventem airport and the Brussels metro which killed 32 people, took place a few days after a major arrest.

"You can never predict how people react. They are unpredictable," said Van der Sypt. "Is it a scenario that we take into account? Yes. Do we have concrete indications for it? No."

Belgium and France are both on high alert after a series of attacks over the past few years.

Belgian media said the raids centered on a bikers group, the Kamikaze Riders, but Van der Sypt said the link was incidental.

"In this investigation, they have nothing to do with this," Van der Sypt said.

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