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Belgium: a probable Islamist attack was foiled after eight people arrested in Molenbeek

The police are searching for additional accomplices after the arrest of eight people in Molenbeek, Geraardsbergen, and Mechelen in Belgium. Investigators suspect that the accused were preparing to carry out a terrorist attack.

Seven locations were searched as part of the investigation, including four in Molenbeek, two in Mechelen, and one in Geraardsbergen, according to the Belgian daily, La Dernière Heure. No firearms or explosive substances were found.

A popular area of Brussels, Molenbeek has acquired a reputation for being the European center for jihadism. Several known terrorists have lived there, including Medhi Nemmouche, who murdered four people at a Brussels Jewish museum in 2014, as well as Ayoub el-Khazzani, who opened fire on a Thalys train in 2015, and several suspects of the massive 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid.

It is also where Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the cell that carried out the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris, was arrested on March 18, 2016.

Source: Le Figaro

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