When a terrorist group attacked Brussels leading to a massive massacre last month, it also saw the unfolding of a great tragedy that took the lives of 32 people. Now it appears that the same group had also planned to launch an assault on France as reported by authorities this Sunday.
Why Belgium might have been chosen instead of France?
However, the extremist group was not prepared with the tremendous speed with which the ongoing investigation would progress in Paris and changed their mind instead. A decision was made to attack Brussels and not to attack France for the second time. This was shared by the office of Federal prosecutor in Belgium.
There was no information on the details of the initial targets of the French plot. Though there have been a series of quick arrests made after the bomb attacks, a warning was issued by both Belgium and France that it is not the time to relax and be cool.
Koen Geens, the Justice Minister of Belgium declared that it was nothing but a ‘dirty war’ and there may be more attacks in France, Belgium and other European nations. March 22 will be a black day for Belgium as 16 people were killed by two suicide bombers at the Brussels Airport.
There was another explosion at the Maelbeek subway station at Brussels that saw another 16 people getting killed on the same day. Links have been found by the investigators between the group who is behind these attacks in Brussels and the group that was responsible for killing 130 people on Nov 13 in Paris.
After-effects of Brussels attacks
The statement shared on this Sunday is actually a confirmation of what was already being suspected by many. There had been a series of arrests and raids recently that led up to the attacks in Brussels. It included capturing Sablah Abdeslam, a major fugitive of the Paris attacks who actually encouraged the killers for those terrible actions.
The investigators also found a laptop from a garbage on a road that apparently had a message from Ibrahim El Bakraoui. He was one of the extremists who blew himself up during the attack in Brussels airport. The clues indicate that the suicide bomber was expecting that he could be arrested after Abdeslam’s arrest.
Policemen of Belgium captured four men suspecting them to be involved in the ill-fated Brussels raids during the weekend. All of them were charged for participating in terrorism-related activities with respect to the attacks in Brussels.