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ISIS terror cell behind Brussels attacks ‘plotted Easter church massacres in UK’

THE terror cell that struck in Brussels was planning to massacre worshippers at Easter church services across Europe, including Britain, intelligence chiefs believe.


Expert bomb-makers based in Germany are believed to be pulling the strings and are thought to be plotting more attacks after the explosions last week that claimed 31 lives.

As fears mounted, Belgian police yesterday charged a man with terrorist offences, but declined to comment on suggestions that he was the man seen in a white coat and hat with two suicide bombers at Brussels airport.

The suspect became one of the most-wanted men in the world after the explosions.

The man charged was named by local media as Faycal Cheffou, a freelance film-maker and journalist, who was arrested on Thursday evening.

Make no mistake, though, this threat is far from over

Claude Moniquet

He was one of 12 people arrested on Thursday and Friday in raids in Belgium, France and Germany.

One, Reda Kirket, 34, held in a Paris suburb, was said to be in the advanced stage of planning an attack. Explosives and Kalashnikov rifles were found.

European security expert Claude Moniquet said the Brussels bombers had originally planned Easter outrages but brought forward their attacks following the arrest of failed Paris suicide bomber Salah Abdeslam.

Mr Moniquet said: “Intelligence agencies are increasingly confident that Tuesday’s attackers were supposed to be part of a synchronised strike and originally planned to hit their targets on Easter Monday.

“The plot involved Christian church services, although not so much in Belgium but other countries.

“Of course there is the papal mass on Sunday at the Vatican in Rome and IS view the Pope as the head of the Crusaders, but it could’ve


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