- Belgium’s ministry of justice said a ‘second Paris (attack) has been avoided’ after police smash Islamic terror cell
- ISIS cell planned to film horrific murder of policeman or judge and circulate the footage online, police sources said
- Belgian prosecutor says extremists were inspired by murder of Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in 2013
- Commandos killed two suspected Islamic State jihadists and arrest a third in swoop in eastern town of Verviers
- Dead suspects believed to be Redouane Hagaoui (Abu Khalid Al Maghribi) and Tarik Jadaoun (Abu Hamza Belgiki)
- Terror cell was ‘equipped with Belgian police uniforms, four Kalashnikov machine guns, handguns and explosives’
- Dozens of simultaneous raids across country were ‘triggered by return of terror kingpin from abroad to Verviers’
- Some cell members were not at home and could now be at large, source close to the investigation told MailOnline
The Belgian terror cell who planned to behead a policeman in the street in ‘a second Paris’ attack were inspired by the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby two years ago, the lead investigator has revealed.
Federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt, who coordinated a series of raids on 12 alleged terrorist hideouts across Belgium told Mail Online: ‘Their plan was to launch attacks similar to that in London when a soldier was killed. They wanted to kill policeman on the street .’
The radical Islamic group also wanted to film the horrific murder and then circulate the footage online, bringing the brutality of ISIS to the West, police sources said.
Fusilier Rigby was brutally murdered on the streets of Woolwich in March 2013 by extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale who forced a passer-by to record the aftermath. They are currently serving life in jail for the killing.
Two members of the Belgian terror cell were gunned down by armed officers in Verviers overnight, while a third was overpowered after being wounded.
The group was reportedly equipped with Belgian police uniforms, four Kalashnikov machine guns, handguns and explosives. Another part of their twisted plot included taking a number of hostages by seizing a bus, it was reported by Belgium’s RTL broadcaster.
In total 13 people were arrested in last night’s raids, according to Mr Van der Sypt, but he could not rule out the possibility that others were still at large. He said: ‘As with any investigation of this kind you cannot rule out that there are members that are unaccounted for.’
The dead suspects are believed to be Redouane Hagaoui, 22, also known as Abu Khalid Al Maghribi, and Tarik Jadaoun, who has the alias Abu Hamza Belgiki.
Published on Jan 16, 2015 by AlohaSnackbar01