The federal judicial police carried out house searches in Diepenbeek and Ostend on Thursday in the context of a file on possible extreme right-wing terrorism. Large numbers of Nazi objects, including flags and swastikas, were found in Diepenbeek.
Daan C. (23) and Kayley W. (21), two Diepenbeek residents with Belgian nationality, were deprived of their liberty. They are suspected of participating in activities of a terrorist group. Daan C. would also be its leader. They are said to have spread terrorist messages and also recruited other people with a view to committing terrorist crimes. The public prosecutor’s office does not yet want to discuss which crimes. Daan C. was arrested. Kayley W. was released on conditions.
Nazi soldiers and The Outpost
In the past, Daan C. posted photos of the IJzertoren in Diksmuide and of a man waving a flag of the extreme right-wing organization De Voorpost on his Facebook page. In June he shared a short video of Nazi soldiers. Old photos of the couple can be seen on Kayley W.’s Facebook page.
Thursday’s operation was the result of a terrorism file that the federal prosecutor’s office opened in May 2023. There are indications that the suspects were active on various right-wing extremist encrypted online platforms. They would also have communicated via Telegram.
Online they called for terrorist crimes and recruited new members. They also shared manuals for 3D printed firearms on it. Those involved turned out to be in possession of materials for pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails, among other things.
Some members of the online groups had written a manifesto and there is evidence that they had weapons.
Simultaneous house searches
Like-minded people, both minors and adults, from home and abroad were active on the online platforms. With the cooperation of the international judicial and police services Eurojust and Europol, several judicial investigations were opened abroad. Several suspects active in these groups could be identified.
This led to simultaneous house searches in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Lithuania, among others. In other countries, files were opened as a result of the Belgian judicial investigation, leading to judicial interventions. This would, among other things, have prevented a terrorist crime. According to a statement from Europol and Eurojust, five suspects were arrested and another seven interrogated during the actions in the other countries.