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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

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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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