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Belgium charges nine terror suspects after raids across Europe

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(Read caption) A suspect is led away during an anti-terror sweep in this image taken from TV in Antwerp, Belgium, on Nov. 23. Nine people were charged in a Belgian anti-terror court Wednesday, a day after they were picked up during a series of multi-national raids in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.

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Nine people were charged in a Belgian anti-terror court Wednesday, a day after they were picked up during a series of multi-national raids in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.

Agence France-Presse reports that Belgian authorities charged seven of the suspects – six Belgian-Moroccans and a Russian of Chechen origin, all arrested in Antwerp, Belgium – with plotting a terrorist attack on an unspecified target in Belgium.

Two others, arrested in Brussels, face charges in connection with an unrelated plot to recruit jihadists to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although thirteen more were arrested in connection with the jihadist recruitment plot, they were later released.

All nine suspects are to appear in court on Nov. 26 in either Brussels or the nearby town of Mechelen, BBC News reports.

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