A man suspected of planning an attack on the United States embassy in Brussels was placed under the custody of the federal police at the weekend, the federal prosecutor’s office confirmed to on Monday.
The man, a Belgian national with the initials M.G., was arrested on Saturday in downtown Brussels by federal police agents, spokesperson for the federal prosecutor’s office Eric Van Duyse confirmed.
Federal law enforcement authorities said they believe the man would carry out the attack in the near future.
The suspect had been on the radar of the intelligence service for an extended period, according to RTBF.
The suspect’s arrest comes after he was sighted in the area surrounding the embassy, located in the heart of the European quarter.
Questioned by an investigative judge on Monday, the Belgian national denied the accusations.
He was placed under an arrest warrant and charged with planning out and attempting to carry out a terrorist attack.