New Year’s Celebrations Canceled in Brussels Over Terrorism Concerns

December 31, 2007

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Canceled in Brussels, Belgium Due to Terrorism Concerns

Traditional fireworks displays in Brussels, Belgium have been canceled this New Year’s Eve due to terrorism concerns involving a possible attack by al-Qaida sympathizers wanting to free a Tunisian-born al-Qaida member, Nizar Trabelsi, 37, from jail. As a result, a popular downtown market will close at 6 PM instead of staying open all night as it did in previous years, and the skating rink next door will close at 8 PM.

Fourteen people were detained last week in a plot to free Trabelsi which involved the use of explosives and other weapons. Trabelsi was convicted in 2003 and sentenced to 10 years in jail for plotting to drive a car bomb into the cafeteria of a Belgian air force base housing about 100 U.S. military personnel. He admitted at his trial that he met Osama bin Laden at al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan and asked to be put on a list of “martyrs” willing to be suicide bombers.

Guy Verhofstadt, the Prime Minister of Belgium, also warned of other possible targets in Belgium; security has been stepped up at the airport and in subway stations as well.

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