Belgium arrest Chechnya linked group on terror charges

Dawn:

Police busted on Tuesday a Chechnya-linked militant network plotting an attack on Belgium and rounded up another extremist group suspected of recruiting jihad fighters, amid heightened terrorism fears in Europe.

Authorities detained 11 suspects in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to break up a Chechnya-linked network planning to strike Belgium, arresting seven of them in the Belgian port city of Antwerp, home to both large Jewish and Muslim communities.

Hours later, Belgian officials announced the detention of around 15 people in Brussels in connection with a probe into a group suspected of looking for would-be “jihadists” ready to join the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dutch prosecutors said the arrests in Amsterdam involved three Dutch nationals in their twenties and that the men would soon be extradited to Belgium.

In Germany, a 31-year-old Russian national was arrested in Aachen on suspicion of recruiting fighters for the Caucasian republic of Chechnya, the Federal Crime Office (BKA) said.

“There were plans aimed at committing an attack in Belgium by an international terrorist group using for this purpose an extremist internet site, Ansar Al Mujahideen,” said the Belgian prosecutor’s office.

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There is much more.

The religious bigots are active this fall in Europe and looking for opportunities to commit mass murder for Allah. So far, the authorities are catching most of them, but the bad guys only have to be right once to kill a lot of non combatants.

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