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Ex-jihadi called for an attack on Red Devils’ welcome home celebration

The Federal Judicial Authorities have confirmed that a 25 year-old woman from Brussels municipality of Ukkel was detained in early August after she had called for an attack the Belgian national football team the Red Devils welcome home celebration. The celebration on 15 July attracted many thousands of people to Brussels central market square and the surrounding streets.

They all hoped to catch a glimpse of the team that had come 3rd at the World Cup in Russia, Belgium’s best ever performance. The woman is currently still in custody.

The 25-year-old left for Syria several years ago. A year later she returned to Belgium from territory controlled by the so-called Islamic State. She was detained, but was later released. She was detained again last year as she tried to leave for Syria again. Since then a close eye has been kept on the woman.   

The security services noticed a message she had posted on the closed chat channel Telegram in which she had called for a terrorist attack to be carried during the celebrations of our national football team’s success at the World Cup. She was detained straight away and has been in custody ever since on suspicion of being a member of a terrorist organisation and inciting the carrying out of a terrorist act. Her boyfriend was also detained.   

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