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Muslim biker gang planned Belgium New Year’s attack

Official reveals suspects arrested ahead of attack on ’emblematic sites’ are members of the Kamikaze Riders, inspired by ISIS.

By Ari Yashar


A senior Belgian counterterror official revealed on Wednesday that thetwo men arrested the day before for planning terror attacks on “emblematic sites” in Brussels during New Year’s celebrations are members of a Muslim biker gang.

The official told CNN on condition of anonymity that the two are part of the Kamikaze Riders gang, and spoke about attacking Grand Place square in the capital, along with other sites where crowds celebrate the New Year, in addition to police and military facilities.

According to the official, the planned attacks were not directed by the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group, but rather were inspired by it.

Police arrested the two while searching several locations in the Brussels environs, along with the surrounding province of Flemish Brabant and the city of Liege in eastern Belgium. In the search, computer equipment, military training outfits and ISIS propaganda were seized.

The two Kamikaze Riders members were based in Brussels and Vilvoorde and had criminal records from involvement


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