Belgium arrests 2 men suspected of planning attack

The two, named as 33-year-old Nourredine H & his brother Hamza H, will appear before a judge on Saturday.

Soldiers and police patrol on Brussels' Grand Place as the Belgian capital remains on the highest possible alert level on November 23, 2015. Belgian police arrested five more people in a new series of anti-terrorism raids Monday, prosecutors said, as the capital Brussels was locked down for a third day under a state of maximum alert. Picture: AFP.

BRUSSELS - Police arrested two men suspected of planning an attack in Belgium after house searches on Friday evening, federal prosecutors said on Saturday.

The two, named as 33-year-old Nourredine H and his brother Hamza H, will appear before a judge on Saturday to determine whether they should be held in custody beyond an initial 24 hours.

"Based on provisional results from the investigation, it appears that there were plans to carry out an attack somewhere in Belgium," the federal prosecution office said in a statement.

For the time being there was no connection with the attacks at Brussels airport and the metro on 22 March, in which 32 people were killed, the prosecution office said.

Police carried out seven house searches in the region of Mons and a further house search in Liege. No weapons or explosives were found.

Brussels, home to European Union institutions and the headquarters of Nato, and Belgium in general are on a security alert level of three out of a maximum of four, a "serious" status with a "possible and probable" threat.