Six held in Belgium over train attack in 2015

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Posted: Jun 20, 2016 10:13 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police detained six people for questioning on Monday over an attack on a high-speed train as it traveled between Amsterdam and Paris in August 2015, prosecutors said.

In that attack a man with a machine gun wounded two people on the train before being overpowered by passengers.

The new detentions add to a string of police raids on homes over the weekend after which three men were charged with plotting an attack.

Prosecutors said that a judge had ordered six home searches and detained six people in the greater Brussels area. No weapons or explosives were found.

"The investigating judge will decide on their possible detention later today," prosecutors said in a statement.

Belgium continues to be on heightened alert three months after three suicide bombers killed 32 victims in attacks on Brussels airport and a metro car.

Belgian media reported the men arrested at the weekend had planned to attacks fans watching the Euro 2016 games in Brussels.

(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Richard Balmforth)