MOSCOW, January 17 (Sputnik) — Belgium has deployed troops alongside police to protect the country amid increased terrorist threat, as more than 20 people were arrested in Belgium, Germany and France in the recent days over suspicion of participating in terrorist activities, the BBC reported Saturday.
Only on Friday, five people were charged with terrorism following a series of police raids. During the raids, police also managed to seize explosives, guns and munitions.
On Friday, Belgian authorities have also announced their plans to introduce new measures to protect the country against terrorism, such as expanding the cases where Belgian citizenship can be revoked of a person suspected in participation in terrorist activities.
Security has also been tightened in Germany, the United Kingdom and France.
According to the BBC, over 1,300 French nationals are believed to be currently fighting in Syria and Iraq, as well as around 600 British and 600 German citizens.
Over the past week France has suffered three terrorist attacks involving Islamic radicals, resulting in the deaths of 17 people in the Paris area.