Brus­sels ter­ror raids

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Four peo­ple have been ar­rested, and arms cache found af­ter overnight ter­ror raids in Brus­sels linked to a bik­ers’ club called the Kamikaze Rid­ers, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said yes­ter­day. “Dur­ing one of the house searches, var­i­ous weapons were found. In all, four per­sons were ar­rested and taken in for ques­tion­ing,” pros­e­cu­tors said in a state­ment. A spokesman said the raids were linked to the Kamikaze Rid­ers, which has been im­pli­cated in ter­ror of­fences. A source close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said the raids in the gritty An­der­lecht dis­trict found at least two Kalash­nikov as­sault ri­fles while re­ports spoke of ex­plo­sives also be­ing dis­cov­ered. The state­ment from pros­e­cu­tors said the raids were “com­pletely in­de­pen­dent” from the probe into the deadly Novem­ber 2015 Paris and March 2016 Brus­sels at­tacks, which were claimed by Is­lamic State and car­ried out by ji­hadi cells based in the Bel­gian cap­i­tal. Mean­while in north­ern France, a joint Franco-Bel­gian anti-ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tion picked up a man on sus­pi­cion of hav­ing links to the Kamikaze Rid­ers.

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