2 men arrested at Brussels airport on suspicion of going to fight in Syria
Monday, 19 January 2015
Two men were questioned at Brussels airport on Thursday night and an investigating judge placed them under arrest the following day. They are suspected of attempting to travel to Syria to fight. Both Brussels men, aged 19 and 35, were supposed to be going to Greece but Belgian judicial authorities believe they intended to join the ranks of the Daesh terrorist group, reported sources dealing with the case and confirmed by the Federal Prosecutor’s office on Monday. The investigation is apparently not linked to the investigation into the terrorist cell that was planning attacks in Belgium. The 35-year-old man has several children and his wife is currently pregnant. He and the 19-year-old man purchased last-minute tickets to from Brussels Airport to Greece. They were held at Brussels Airport because Belgian judicial authorities believe they actually intended to travel to Syria.
The two men were travelling with a woman whose husband is currently in Syria. The woman was also detained by police but has not been placed under arrest.
According to the Federal Prosecutor’s office, the arrest of the two men is not related to the investigation of the terrorist cell that was planning attacks against police officers in Belgium.