Man charged with attempting to commit 'terrorist murder' in Belgium

Man charged with attempting to commit 'terrorist murder' in Belgium
A picture from our archives of police on alert in Belgium. Picture: AP

Update 4.45pm: A man has been charged with attempting to commit "terrorist murder" after police uncovered an alleged plot for an attack in Belgium.

The 33-year-old is also facing a charge of being part of a terrorist organisation and has been placed in custody.

He was arrested with his brother - who has been released without charge - after police raids in the Mons and Liege areas yesterday.

Earlier Two brothers have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack.

Nourredine H., 33, and his brother Hamza H. were taken in for questioning following police searches on Friday evening in the city of Liege and the Mons region.

A Belgian judge will decide on Saturday whether the two men should remain in custody.

The police searches were carried out at the request of a magistrate specialising in terrorism investigations, the prosecutor's office said.

According to preliminary information, the brothers may have been involved in plans to commit an attack in Belgium.

In the search of seven houses in the Mons area and Liege, no weapons or explosives were found.

At present, there is no indication the brothers were connected to the March 22 suicide bombings that killed 32 people at Brussels Airport and in the Brussels subway, the prosecutor's office said.

That attack, claimed by the Islamic State extremist group, was carried out by the same cell that killed 130 people in attacks in Paris on November 13.


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