Belgian soldiers guard outside the US Embassy in Brussels near the Belgian Parliament on Jan. 17, 2015. (Photo by Reuters)
Belgian officials say there are signs that more Daesh-linked terrorists have been sent to Europe
after bombings killed 32 people in Brussels last month.
The announcement by the country’s threat analysis authority, Paul Van Tigchelt, on Tuesday prompted Belgian officials to maintain threat status at the second-highest level.
“There are indications that Islamic State (Daesh) has sent fighters to Europe and Belgium
, the threat level which is currently at three will not go down,” he said.
Daesh, which is mainly active in Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility for the Brussels attacks, which occurred on March 22.
The combo image shows an undated file picture of Mohamed Abrini (L) released on November 24, 2015 by Belgian federal police, and a screengrab of CCTV footage showing him at Brussels Airport, March 22, 2016, the day terrorist attacks hit Brussels. (Photo by AFP)
Four bombers were involved in the Belgium attacks, three of whom blew themselves up. The fourth, whose explosive device did not go off, had fled the scene and was at large until recently. He was identified upon arrest as Mohamed Abrini.
The nexus behind the strikes has also been linked to the November 2015 attacks in Paris, which killed some 130 people and were likewise claimed by Daesh.
Investigations into the Paris attacks revealed that the perpetrators were mostly Belgium-based. On March 18, the main suspect in the attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested in Brussels.
Authorities have also announced that Abrini’s fingerprints and DNA were found in two safe houses in Brussels and in a vehicle linked to the Paris attacks.