Belgian police carry out new raid linked to foiled French terror plot

A bomb squad unit agent and a robot stand next to a suspicious object at a tramway station on March 25, 2016, in Schaerbeek suburb, Brussels.
A bomb squad unit agent and a robot stand next to a suspicious object at a tramway station on March 25, 2016, in Schaerbeek suburb, Brussels.PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Belgian police on Thursday (March 31) carried out a new raid in connection with a foiled attack plot in France, in which the main suspect was this week charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, prosecutors said.

"A raid is under way in connection with the (Reda) Kriket case. It is taking place at Marke, in the town of Courtrai" in north-western Belgium, Eric Van Der Sypt, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office, told AFP.

French national Reda Kriket was arrested near Paris last week and at his apartment police found a cache of assault rifles, handguns and TATP, the highly volatile homemade explosive favoured by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.