Belgian Police Alerted to Daesh Fighters En Route to Europe

Daesh flag is seen in front of a Belgian flag in this illustration taken March 22, 2016. Belgian police have received an anti-terror alert warning that a group of Daesh fighters recently left Syria en route for Europe planning attacks in Belgium and France. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

BRUSSELS, June 15 – Belgian police have received an anti-terror alert warning that a group of Daesh fighters recently left Syria en route for Europe planning attacks in Belgium and France, a security source said on Wednesday.

The Belgian crisis centre in charge or coordinating security responses said that an alert had been circulated to all police forces in the country but there were no immediate plans to raise the security level to the maximum that would indicate an imminent threat of an attack.

Newspaper DH quoted the alert from Belgium’s anti-terror cell as saying the group “left Syria about a week and a half ago to reach Europe via Turkey and Greece by boat without passports”, without giving an exact departure date.

The alert came two days after an attacker who pledged allegiance to Daesh killed a French police commander and his partner at their home outside Paris, and four days after a gunman declaring loyalty to the Islamist militant group massacred 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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