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3 Suspected of Planning New Terror Attack Charged: Belgium Police

Twelve people were initially suspected of planning new terror attacks after 40 were taken in for questioning Saturday

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    Members of the bomb squad arrive at Antwerp Central train station in Antwerp, Belgium on June 18, 2016. Police and the bomb squad unit responded to a suspect package in the Antwerp station while the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said early Saturday that homes and car ports were searched in 16 municipalities, mostly in and around Brussels in an anti-terror sweep.

    Police in Belgium charged three people with terror-related crimes Saturday after police raided dozens of homes in Brussels overnight, according to prosecutors, NBC News reported. 

    The three were charged as “perpetrator or co-perpetrator, for having attempted to commit a terrorist murder and for participation in the activities of a terrorist group," the Belgium Federal Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. 

    Twelve people were initially suspected of planning new terror attacks — nine were later let go. A total of 40 were taken in for questioning and 152 car ports were searched, the statement said. 

    The country is still under a “level three” terror alert — the second highest — following the March 22 attacks on the Brussels airport and subway that killed 32 people.