Belgian detentions: 13 suspects investigated for planning large terror attack.

Belgian Authorities Detain 13 Suspects Said to Be Planning “Large-Scale” Terror Attack

Belgian Authorities Detain 13 Suspects Said to Be Planning “Large-Scale” Terror Attack

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Jan. 16 2015 10:18 AM

Belgian Authorities Detain 13 Suspects Said to Be Planning “Large-Scale” Terror Attack

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Police in Verviers in a photo taken today.

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On Thursday, two suspects were killed in a shootout with Belgian police during a raid in the city of Verviers. Authorities in that country now say that 13 other individuals suspected of planning terror attacks are in custody. The Guardian says “at least a dozen” other raids have been carried out by Belgian authorities who “concluded that a large-scale attack was imminent.” From Reuters:

As well as guns, including four AK-47 assault rifles, and explosives, police uniforms were found in the apartment at Verviers, spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt said, adding: "This group was on the point of carrying out terrorist attacks aiming to kill police officers in the streets and in police stations." ... He said there had been plans for attacks across Belgium.
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An additional two suspects in the investigation are being held in France. Contrary to a report Thursday, authorities say they are not aware of any link between the plans being investigated in Belgium and last week's attacks in and around Paris.

A half-million Muslims live in Belgium. Its air force has taken part in the U.S.-led bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.