The flag of Belgium. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The flag of Belgium. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( At least two suspected jihadists were killed in an anti-terror operation in eastern Belgium on Thursday. The jihadists were planning to launch “terrorist attacks on a grand scale,” Belgian officials said.

“The suspects immediately and for several minutes opened fire with military weaponry and handguns on the special units of the federal police before they were neutralized,” said Belgian Prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt, BBC reported.

Van der Sypt added that additional anti-terror raids were also underway in the Brussels region focused on “several people who we think are an operational cell–certain people who came back from Syria.”

“During the investigation, we found that this group was about to commit terrorist attacks in Belgium,” Van der Sypt said.

Thursday’s events caused Belgium to raise its terror alert to the second-highest level. Belgium has the largest number per capita of jihadists fighting in the Middle East.

Last May, four people were killed inside the Brussels-based Jewish Museum of Belgium by Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old dual French-Algerian national who has allegedly fought with jihadist terror groups in Syria.

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