|The searches formed part of a massive police operation and an investigation by prosecutors across Belgium and the Netherlands. In all, sixteen premises were raided across the country, with a dozen people detained. |
A total of fifty weapons were seized including a rocket launcher, eight firearms and 800 rounds of ammunition. Bullet proof vests with Belgian police logos were also impounded.
|A growing series of violent incidents involving extortion, drugs, arms trafficking and organized crime triggered the raids.|