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World

AFP
June 24, 2019

Belgium arrests man suspected of plotting attack against US embassy

World

AFP
Mon, Jun 24, 2019
US embassy in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Wikipedia.

Belgian counter-terror police have arrested a man suspected of plotting an attack against the US embassy in Brussels, federal prosecutors said Monday.

The police on Saturday arrested the man following "converging signs raising fears of an attack against the US embassy," the prosecutor´s office said.

"The suspect has been detained for an alleged attempted attack within a terrorist context and preparation of a terrorist offence," it said in a statement.

The suspect identified only as M.G. appeared Monday morning before an investigating judge who ordered him held, it added.

The suspect denies any involvement in the alleged plot.

A source close to the investigation told AFP the suspect is a Belgian man of around 40 years who had "raised suspicion because of his behaviour".

He had been seen "scouting" the embassy area before he was arrested, the source added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The US embassy was not immediately available for comment.

Extremists have staged a number of attacks in Brussels, which hosts the headquarters of the European Union and NATO.

The worst was on March 22, 2016, when suicide bombers killed 32 people and wounded hundreds of others at Brussels airport and a metro station near EU buildings.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the twin attacks.