Terror Roundup in Antwerp

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the Belgian daily De Standaard:

13 arrests in Antwerp during house searches in terror case involving jihadist propaganda

February 8, 2022

In a large police operation in Antwerp Tuesday morning, 13 alleged members of a terrorist group were arrested. They reportedly spread jihadist propaganda.

About 100 investigators from the Federal Judicial Police raided 13 addresses Tuesday morning in the Antwerp region, including Borgerhout, Hoboken, and Borsbeek. “The house searches were ordered by an investigative judge in the framework of a case in the Federal Prosecutor’s office involving participation in the activities of a terrorist group,” the Federal Prosecutor’s office confirmed.

House searches were conducted in various locations in Borgerhout. An equal number of suspects were arrested at the 13 locations. They will be brought before an investigative judge later today in Antwerp. “The Antwerp group came into the picture within the Salafist jihadist environment, and the aim of this action was to further chart this group,” said the federal prosecutor’s office. They give no further commentary about the police action.

Potentially new Sharia4Belgium

The group has allegedly been engaged in spreading of Salafist-jihadist propaganda on social media. That allegedly includes inflammatory language and anti-Western propaganda. The detectives fear that the group, under the leadership of one of the suspects arrested today, could have the potential of becoming a new Sharia4Belgium.

According to our information, among the suspects are several men who also previously came under attention during terrorism investigations. One of them was intercepted in 2015, as a minor, on his way to Syria. He was eventually tried as an adult in Antwerp and received a suspended sentence.

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  1. ” Salafist-jihadist propaganda …. inflammatory language and anti-Western propaganda.”
    Would that include these?

    Europeans – kafirs – are “unclean” (Koran 9:28), “the vilest of beasts” (8:22), on a level with faeces, urine, corpses, blood, semen, pig and dog (islam-laws.com). Jews and Christians follow “remnant cults” of no validity (Manual of Islamic Law, “Reliance of the Traveller”, w.4), and are as “apes and pigs” (5:60), “the most despicable” (98:6).

    All these are normative basic Islam.

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