The site where two suspected terrorists were killed by police in an anti-terrorist operation in Verviers, eastern Belgium, January 16, 2015. (AFP/Eric Lalmand)

The site where two suspected terrorists were killed by police in an anti-terrorist operation in Verviers, eastern Belgium, January 16, 2015. (AFP/Eric Lalmand)

Authorities in Belgium have charged five people for ?participating in a terrorist group? after police foiled a series of planned terrorist attacks allegedly aimed at police forces.

Three of the charged were placed in police custody and two others were released conditionally, said prosecutor spokesman Eric Van der Sijpt on Friday.

?The investigation? has shown that these people had the intention to kill several policemen in the street and at police commissariats [police stations],? Van der Sijpt said.

One of the detained survived a police raid in the eastern town of Verviers on Thursday.

Thirteen other people who were in police custody following the Verviers raid and a separate raid in the Belgian capital Brussels will not face prosecution, Van der Sijpt added.

Belgium has also asked for the extradition of two other of its nationals who were arrested in France after allegedly escaping the Thursday?s raids. They were headed towards Italy.

On Thursday, Belgian police killed two terror suspects and injured another during a huge security operation in Verviers.

?The operation was meant to dismantle a terrorist cell? but also the logistics network behind it,? added Van der Sijpt.

Over the last few days, European countries have arrested dozens of people on suspicion of links to terrorist groups.

Also of Friday, French and German police interrogated dozens of terror suspects as Europe remained on elevated security alert following last week?s attacks in Paris.

On January 9, police ended a hostage-taking at a supermarket in the eastern Porte de Vincennes area of Paris, killing armed hostage-taker, Amedy Coulibaly, who was also a suspect in killing a policewoman in southern Paris a day earlier. Coulibaly killed four hostages before his death.

The incident came two days after an attack in the capital on the offices of French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 people dead.

Source:SRK/AS/MHB

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