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Belgian charged with threat to World Cup party

A Belgian woman with alleged jihadist ambitions has been charged with trying to incite an attack on World Cup football fans, prosecutors said Monday.

Belgium’s supporters 

On July 15, some 40,000 supporters gathered in Brussels’ spectacular Grand Place square to welcome home the third-placed Red Devils squad.

According to reports, 25-year-old “Yousra B.S.” had earlier posted a message on the Telegram app urging extremists to attack the crowd.

No attack took place but the young woman, who was already under surveillance in Belgium after having been detained in Syria in 2015, was arrested.

According to Eric Van Der Sypt, spokesman for federal prosecutors, she was charged in August with “incitement to commit a terrorist crime.”

She has denied the charge, he added.

Yousra was already suspected of attempting to join an Islamist extremist group and was held in detention when she was returned from Syria.

She was released in June pending the conclusion of an investigation, but kept under police watch.

Belgium has been in a state of alert for extremist violence since the March 22, 2016 attacks on Brussels airport and a metro station left 32 dead.



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