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Belgium arrests 2 teens over alleged ISIS plot

By AFP

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel lays a wreath to mark the second anniversary of the 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels, at the commemoration monument in the city on March 22nd, 2018. Two years earlier, 32 people were killed and 324 were injured following a triple bomb attack claimed by ISIS. [Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP]

Two teenage boys, aged 16 and 17, have been arrested in Belgium and are accused of pledging allegiance to the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) group and plotting to attack police officers with knives, prosecutors said Thursday (November 5th).

The two were arrested late Saturday in the eastern town of Eupen, near the border with Germany, and are being held in a detention facility for minors.

Belgium state broadcaster RTBF said they had recorded videos of themselves swearing loyalty to ISIS.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the shooting attack by an Austrian-Macedonian man in Vienna on Monday which left four people dead.

Belgium has already been targeted by ISIS, including in March 2016 when suicide attackers killed 32 people and wounded 340 others in blasts at Brussels airport and in a metro station in the capital.

In May 2018, a radicalised man murdered two police officers and a student in an attack claimed by ISIS.

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