Twelve people were arrested in Belgium in connection with an investigation relating to terrorism, informs the Public Prosecutor in Brussels. According to the German newspaper Focus, the twelve suspected terrorists planned an attack against the Championship match between Belgium and Ireland, which is played this afternoon.
The arrests were made on Friday and Saturday after some 40 searches in 16 different municipalities. Police have also investigated over 150 garage spaces. No "incidents" occurred during the raids, and so far no weapons or explosives have been found, according to the statement.
Fokus refers to information from the prosecutor's office. One of those arrested is also linked to the attack on the airport Zaventem in Belgium, 22 March.
The Belgian newspaper Le Soir writes that information about an imminent attack in Brussels triggered the police to take action. The newspaper also stated that potential targets for attacks are events where matches with the Belgian national team are shown. Belgium's final match in the group stage is against Sweden.
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