The Belgian police arrested 7 people while Germany arrested 2 in investigations into suicide bombings by IS in Brussels, while the authorities in France said that they disenchanted a militant plot there “that was at an advanced stage”.
The Investigators believe that these attacks were carried out by the same IS cell who were responsible for gun & bomb attacks killing 130 in Paris last year.
The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said that 6 people were captured during the investigation in Brussels neighborhoods. The Public broadcaster RTBF said that on Friday the 7th man was arrested in the Forest borough of Brussels.
The German police however had arrested 2 people. One received phone messages with the name of the metro station bomber & the word “fin” — French for “end” – 3 minutes before the metro blast.
According to a report police arrested a man who was recorded by a security cameras in airport terminal next to 2 bombers who blew themselves up there. The Prosecutors didn’t confirm the arrest and it wasn’t known if the man was among the 7 detained overnight.
The attack in Brussels have heightened the security concerns around the globe, raising the questions about EU states’ capability to respond in an operative, coordinated way to the threat of IS militant.
John Kerry, the U.S Secretary of State arrived in Brussels on Friday, offering the U.S. assistance in security. The U.S. officials said that 2 of the Brussels victims were Americans. Britain & China stated that one each of their nationals were also among the dead.
“US is praying and grieving with you for the loved ones of those cruelly taken from us, including the Americans, and for the many who were injured in these despicable attacks,” said Kerry said after meeting the PM Charles Michel.
On Thursday, in Paris the authorities had detained a French national who is suspected of belonging to a militant network planning an attack in France, although they claimed that there was no such evidence that directly ties his plot to attacks in Brussels and Paris.