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Brussels: 12 detained after raids linked to terror attacks

Belgian authorities have detained 12 people on Tuesday who are believed to be connected to last year’s terror attacks in Brussels.

Police raided 14 places in and around Brussels, and an investigating judge will decide later whether any of the detainees will be charged.

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The raids were conducted after a laptop was discovered in the trash in the Schaerbeek district, near the residence where the Brussels bombers left for the airport the day of the terror attacks, according to a POLITICO source. The laptop reportedly held data regarding explosives.

The federal prosecutor’s office did not elaborate further on the raids.

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On March 22, 2016, 32 people were killed in twin attacks on the Brussels airport and the Maelbeek metro station. Two people involved in the blasts were arrested in April 2016. Three other suspects blew themselves up during the attacks. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombings. Belgium is still in a heightened state of security.  

The Associated Press contributed this report.