Belgium: Police free six arrested in connection with 2015 failed train terror attack

Belgium: Police free six arrested in connection with 2015 failed train terror attack

Six men arrested in connection with the August 2015 attack on a high speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris have been released without charge.

Two people were injured by the Kalashnikov-wielding attacker on the train before he was overpowered by passengers. “They were released as planned after some checks,” a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor told Reuters. “There were no charges, either.”

Four of the men who foiled the train attack were subsequently awarded France’s highest honour, the Legion d’honneur. The alleged perpetrator, Ayoub el Khazzani, remains in police custody ahead of his trial on terror charges.

Belgium remains on a state of high alert following the 22 March terror attacks on Brussels airport and a metro station in the city in which 32 people were killed.

Early on 21 June, a man reportedly wearing a fake suicide belt sparked a terror alert in a Brussels shopping centre. Prime Minister Charles Michel described the situation as “under control” after a meeting of the national crisis response centre.

The arrests followed police raids on several properties in Brussels, which saw three men charged for planning a terror attack. Belgian media reports the three planned to attack fans at the Euro 2016 football tournament in France.

No explosives or weapons were found in the raids that resulted in the arrest of the six now released, said police.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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