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Six held in Brussels over ‘New Year’s Eve attack plot’

Suspects detained after house searches amid investigation into alleged plot to carry out attack during celebrations in Belgian capital

Belgian police officers have been conducting searches linked to the terror attacks in Paris last month. Photograph: Thierry Roge/AFP/Getty

On Wednesday authorities cancelled annual New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks in the heart of Brussels after revealing an alleged jihadi plot to attack the capital. A judge would decide later on Thursday whether those detained could be held further.

Two people arrested this week, named as 30-year-old Said S and 27-year-old Mohammed K, would be held for another month after being charged with threatening to carry out a terrorist attack, prosecutors said.

Also on Thursday, Belgian prosecutors charged a tenth suspect over the terror attacks in Paris last month.

The Belgian national, identified only as Ayoub B, was detained on Wednesday after a raid on a house in the troubled Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

The suspect has been charged with “terrorist murder” and involvement in the activities of a terrorist group. He will appear in court again for a custody hearing within five days.

Molenbeek, home to the Paris attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam, has emerged as a hotbed of Islamist extremism.


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