A suspected terror cell on the brink of carrying out an attack was the target of a raid Thursday that left two people dead, Belgian authorities said.
A third suspect was injured and taken into custody in the operation at a building in the eastern city of Verviers, Thierry Werts prosecutor’s spokesman told reporters.
A senior Belgian counterterrorism official told CNN that the alleged terror cell is believed to have received instructions from ISIS. Some members of the cell had travelled to Syria and met with ISIS, which plotted the attacks as retaliation for US-led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, the Belgian source said.
“This was in the framework of an operation looking into an operational cell made up of people, some of whom coming back from Syria, the investigation made it possible to determine that the group was about to carry out major terrorist attacks in Belgium imminently,” Werts said.