Official: Belgium Arrests 2 More Suspects

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Belgian soldiers and a police officer patrol in central Brussels, November 21, 2015, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris. Belgium raised the alert status for its capital Brussels to the highest level on Saturday, shutting the metro and warning the public to avoid crowds because of a "serious and imminent" threat of an attack. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY (Newscom TagID: rtrlseven468194.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]
Belgian soldiers and a police officer patrol in central Brussels, November 21, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris. (Reuters/Youssef Boudlal)

Belgian authorities say they have detained two more suspects in the Paris terror attacks.

An official, who insisted on not being named because a statement was still being prepared, said one person was detained at Brussels national airport on Sunday, seeking to fly to Morocco. He said the person had already tried twice to leave to Syria.

He said the second person had been detained during a raid also on Sunday.

The official offered no other details.

In all, Belgium now has eight suspects, who are linked to the Paris terror attacks or a possible attack in Brussels, behind bars.

On the other hand, German police found no evidence of “terrorist motives” or a link to the Paris attacks during raids in Germany on Thursday targeting people suspected of trying to acquire forged French passports, a spokesman for the public prosecutors’ office in Berlin said.

The spokesman said the people whose homes were searched in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia were part of the “Islamist scene.” But federal police said no arrests were made.

Around 80 police officers – including special forces – were involved in the raids, which started early Thursday morning.

“We found no evidence of the suspects having terrorist motives,” said the spokesman for the prosecutors.

Authorities secured evidence such as storage devices and documents, and these were now being evaluated, the spokesman said, declining to give further details.