MOSCOW, September 21 (RIA Novosti) – Belgian authorities have detained two people, who planned a terrorist attack in European Commission Headquarters in Brussels, Agence France-Presse has reported citing the local media.
According to Belgian daily L'Echo, the country’s authorities have been conducting a number of preventive operations in recent months against the extremism in the region and have arrested several people suspected of links with jihadists.
A source told L'Echo that about 400 Belgian citizens are involved in the Syrian conflict fighting on the side of the extremists, and approximately 90 people have returned home.
The Dutch NOS Media Company has claimed that among those detained in Belgium were also two residents of The Hague.
“They were planning an attack. One of the targets was the European Commission building. Individual commissioners were not particularly targeted. It would be more like the Jewish museum attack… with the aim to kill as many people as possible," NOS quoted an unnamed source as saying.
“We are aware of the reports… We are confident the national authorities will ensure the appropriate follow-up," Agence France-Presse cited a European Commission spokesman as saying.