Belgium: Three men charge with attempted terrorist murder
June 19, Brussels: Belgium authorities have charged three men with "attempted terrorist murder" following multiple security raids across Belgium, federal prosecutors said.
They are named as Samir C, Moustapha B and Jawad B, the trio were among 12 people arrested during the overnight raids.
The suspects, all Belgian nationals, were also charged with "participation in the activities of a terrorist group". Nine other detainees were released after questioning, prosecutors said.
Flemish public broadcaster VTM said earlier on Saturday that those arrested were suspected of planning an attack in Brussels this weekend during one of Belgium's matches in the Euro 2016 football tournament.
The prosecutors have added police targeted about 40 locations in a case that needed "immediate intervention.
The raids took place in 16 communes in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia and "passed off without incident," the statement said.
European countries are on high alert as the Euro 2016 football tournament is under way in France.
France has deployed 90,000 security forces for the tournament, but French President Francois Hollande has said that the threat of attacks will not stop the event from being successful.
The Oslo Times International News Network