Belgium Arrests 3 Over Syria Recruiting, Terror Charges

BRUSSELS (AP) -
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. (Reuters/Youssef Boudlal)

Belgian authorities have arrested three of eight people they picked up earlier this week during anti-terror raids centering on the recruitment of people to fight in Syria.

The prosecutor’s office said Wednesday it charged two people from Kosovo and a Serb with “participation in the activities of a terrorist group.” All three are in their twenties.

Police detained the eight during nine searches in homes in northern and central Belgium early Tuesday. Five were let go.