Paris attacks put no-hope Belgian town in terror spotlight

A picture taken on November 25, 2015 shows an empty playground in Verviers, Belgium“We are stuck with that image now,” Franck Hensch, who heads the local Islamic education and cultural centre, told AFP. Two weeks after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, Belgian police descended on a tatty apartment in Verviers where they said three suspected jihadists were holed up, planning a series of attacks on police. Police killed two of the young men, captured the third and traced them back to Molenbeek, the run-down and largely Muslim immigrant area of Brussels where several of the Paris attackers lived.

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