Bel­gium had sought sus­pect in foiled French elec­tion at­tack

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Bel­gium’s fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor says the coun­try had opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into one of the sus­pects ar­rested for plot­ting an at­tack that of­fi­cials say was thwarted days be­fore the French pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Cle­ment Baur, a 23-year-old French­man, had been flagged to au­thor­i­ties in 2015 by his fam­ily as be­ing rad­i­cal­ized with the pos­si­ble in­ten­tion of go­ing to Syria. He had links with Bel­gian ji­hadi net­works, ac­cord­ing to French of­fi­cials. Bel­gium’s fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor said Wed­nes­day that there was al­ready an alert out for Baur, who was wanted for ques­tion­ing in an on­go­ing Bel­gian in­ves­ti­ga­tion. In the Mar­seille apart­ment of the two men ar­rested Tues­day, po­lice found an au­to­matic ri­fle, two hand­guns, am­mu­ni­tion and three kilo­grams of ex­plo­sives, French au­thor­i­ties said.

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