Six Suspect Arrested By Belgian Police in Deadly Brussels Attacks‬‬ Probe

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On Thursday, Belgian police arrested six people suspected of having a link to suicide bombings in Brussels three days ago.

The security forces in Belgian are on a high alert and are conducting search operations in probe of Tuesday’s Brussels attacks, in which at least 31 people were killed and some 270 were wounded. The terrorist targeted the city’s airport and a metro train.

Those were the worst attacks in the history of Belgian.

Confirming those arrests, the federal prosecutor’s office in Belgium said that suspects were captured during police raids in the Brussels neighborhoods of Schaerbeek in the north and Jette in the west, as well as in the center of the Belgian capital, Reuters reported.

The Brussels attacks raised serious concerns over the European countries’ responding ability to the threat from Islamist extremists.

Islamic State, or ISIS, claimed responsibility for attacks in the Brussels attacks, which is home to the European Union and NATO.

In a related news, French authorities said they foiled a militant plot there “that was at an advanced stage.” According to media reports, on Thursday in Paris, authorities arrested a French national suspected of belonging to a militant network planning an attack in France.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve claimed that the arrest helped “foil a plot in France that was at an advanced stage.”

ISIS also claimed responsibility for Paris attacks in last November, killing 130 people at cafes, a sports stadium and concert hall.

After the Brussels attacks, Belgium’s interior and justice ministers tendered their resignations to Prime Minister Charles Michel for failing to track Brahim El Bakraoui, a suspected suicide bomber who was expelled by Turkey as a suspected fighter/ He blew himself up at Brussels Airport.

However, prime minister did not accept resignations of Interior Minister Jan Jambon and Justice Minister Koen Geens, and asked them to stay on.

“In time of war, you cannot leave the field,” said Jambon, a right-wing Flemish nationalist.