Belgian police arrest adult, 3 minors in plot to attack concert hall

Police in Belgium have arrested four people suspected of plotting an attack against a concert hall in Brussels, the federal prosecutor’s office said Monday.

The adult arrested has been charged with “participation in the activities of a terrorist group” with the aim of committing an attack, the office said. Three underage individuals also were arrested.

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“According to the initial findings of (the) investigation, it appears that a Brussels concert hall was specifically targeted, with an attack planned in a few weeks’ time,” the office said, without further details.

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The Belgian flag is photographed in Antwerp, Belgium, on May 17, 2015. (Photo by Michael Jacobs/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images)

Belgium has been rocked by extremist attacks in recent years. The latest took place in October when two Swedish soccer fans were killed in Brussels.

A jury last year found six people guilty of terrorist murder for extremist attacks at the Brussels airport and a subway station that killed 32 people in Belgium’s deadliest peacetime violence in 2016, part of a wave of attacks in Europe linked to the Islamic State group.

Among those convicted for their role in the 2016 suicide bombing plot was Salah Abdeslam, who already is serving a life sentence without parole in France over his role in attacks that hit Paris cafes, the Bataclan music venue and France’s national stadium in 2015.

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The Paris and Brussels attacks were linked to the same IS network.

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