Belgium detains 10 people in ISIS recruitment investigation

Belgian police officers stand guard as soldiers patrol along the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on Feb 15, 2016.
Belgian police officers stand guard as soldiers patrol along the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on Feb 15, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Belgian police raided homes in Brussels on Tuesday (Feb 16) and detained 10 people on suspicion of operating a recruitment ring for militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"Our investigation points to several persons having left for Syria to join Islamic State," Belgium's federal prosecutors said in a statement, referring to the militant group by another of its name.

Prosecutors said they had seized computer equipment and mobile phones.

Belgium has one of the highest per capita rates of participation in militant groups such as ISIS in Syria and Iraq.