Suspected Islamic radicals held in European cities

Security agencies today arrested 10 Islamic radical suspects in Belgium and Spain.

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2010, 00:12 AM IST

London/Berlin: Security agencies carried out major sweeps in European cities today arresting 10 Islamic radical suspects in Belgium and Spain after highest level
security alert was sounded of a possible Mumbai-style terror
attack.

Raids were also carried out in Netherlands and Germany
where the Reichstag building housing the parliament was closed
down and security beefed up at all metro stations in view of
threats of attacks by the al-Qaeda terrorists trained in
Pakistani camps, officials said.

"The arrests were part of an inquiry into
international jihadists terror," German TV quoted Belgian
prosecutors as saying.

The police carried out massive raids into colonies in
the Belgian port city of Antwerp where Chechen refugees are
housed.

"Ten homes were searched in three nations on Tuesday
and ten suspects of Belgian, Dutch, Moroccon and Russian
nationality was detained.

The prosecution office statement said, similar raids
had been carried out in Spain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia and
more arrests made.

The official said that security agencies were
targeting the Chechens following tip-off that suicide squads
had been despatched from Afghan-Pak border to carry out
missions in major European capitals.

Besides Germany, Scotland Yard and Surete are also on
full alert for possible al-Qaeda strikes in London and Paris.

The German magazine Der Spiegel had reported on
the weekend, that a group of al-Qaeda terrorists trained in
Pakistani camps and assisted by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim
are planning to storm Germany`s Parliament in a Mumbai-style attack.
Following the publication of the report, police
cordoned off the area around the historic Reichstag building
here and heightened security.

Hundreds of extra police have been pressed into
service to protect other possible targets as well such as
airports, railway stations and places of mass gatherings
across the country.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere raised the
county`s terrorist threat level last week, saying that Berlin
had received a tip from an unspecified country about a
suspected attack planned for the end of November.

PTI