Two Belgian nuclear power plant workers have joined ISIS leading to fears the jihadis have the intelligence to cause a meltdown disaster

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Leroy N. Soetoro

Mar 26, 2016, 6:39:53 PM3/26/16

Belgian security services are fearful that ISIS operatives may have been
looking to target a nuclear plant as it emerged two workers from a plant
in Doel fled to Syria to join ISIS.

One of the men, reportedly known as Ilyass Boughalab, is believed to have
been killed in Syria, while the second served a short prison sentence in
Belgium for terror-related offences in 2014.

With an extensive understanding of nuclear facilities, the convict's short
jail sentence has raised further questioned of the Belgian security
services as well as fears he may have passed on important knowledge about
the site's to the terrorist group.

The shocking revelations comes after the police claimed that the death of
a security guard at a nuclear facility is being treated as a criminal act
rather than a terror act.

Didier Prospero was shot several times in the bathroom of his home in the
Charleroi region of Belgium.

The unidentified killers shot Prospero, who worked for G4S security at a
Belgian nuclear research centre.

It had been feared the murder may be part of an ISIS plot to attack the
facility and release radioactive waste into the atmosphere.

Or, the terrorists could have been planning to steal radioactive material
to create a so-called dirty bomb.

Also, it is possible the terrorists wanted to sabotage a critical piece of
machinery and cause the plant to meltdown, leading to a critical release
of radioactive material.

Sebastien Berg, spokesman for the federal agency responsible for Belgium's
nuclear industry said they were fearful of a bomb exploding inside a plant
or terrorists conducting a 9/11-style attack using a hijacked aircraft.

Nuclear power plants are known to be targets for the terror network behind
the Brussels bombings and the Paris attacks in November.

According to the New York Times, several employees working in the Belgian
nuclear industry have had their security clearances revoked over potential
ISIS plots.

Following last November's terror attack in Paris, Belgian police recovered
surveillance footage of a senior nuclear official in the home of ISIS
ringleader Mohamed Bakkali, who was arrested and is currently facing
terrorism charges.

In a nation on high alert following this week's attacks, the report stokes
fears about the possibility militants are seeking to get hold of nuclear
material or planning to attack a nuclear site.

Such is the level of fear within the Belgian nuclear power industry, all
non-essential staff at the Doel and Tihange power plants have been sent

A spokeswoman said: 'Only those who are really needed are staying, the
other people were sent home.'

She said that for the foreseeable future Belgium's nuclear plants will
continue operating with staffing levels similar to weekend service to
ensure that no unauthorised personnel could gain access to the plants.

'Some 1,000 people work on sites like these. Their backgrounds are all
checked thoroughly, but better safe than sorry.'

On Thursday, Derniere Heure newspaper had reported the suicide bombers who
blew themselves up on Tuesday originally considered targeting a nuclear
site, but a series of arrests of suspect militants forced them to speed up
their plans and instead switch focus to the Belgian capital.

However, Charleroi prosecutors has reportedly played down reports of a
connection between the murder and a planned terror attack, according to
the Belga news agency.

Belga also said that the prosecutor had also denied media reports that the
guard's access badge had gone missing.

There was no immediate independent confirmation from the prosecutor's
office in Charleroi, about an hour's drive south of Brussels.

Late last year, investigators found a video tracking the movements of a
man linked to the country's nuclear industry during a search of a flat as
part of investigations into the Islamist militant attack on Paris on
November 13 that killed 130 people.

The video, lasting several hours, showed footage of the entrance to a home
in northern Belgium and the arrival and departure of the director of
Belgium's nuclear research programme.

Interior minister Jan Jambon previously told Belgium's Parliament there
was not a threat to the country's nuclear facilities last month
At the time, the interior minister he said that while there was a threat
'to the person in question,' there was not one to the country's nuclear

He added: 'To date, we have no indication that there is a specific threat
to the Belgian nuclear sites. The nuclear industry is one of the best
protected areas.'

However, the European Union's counter-terrorism chief warned today that
Belgium's network of nuclear power plants and other major infrastructure
face the threat of a cyber-attack over the next five years.

'I would not be surprised if there was an attempt in the next five years
to use the Internet to commit an attack,' Gilles de Kerchove told daily La
Libre Belgique.

'It would take the form of entering the SCADA (Supervisory Control and
Data Acquisition), which is the nerve centre of a nuclear power plant, a
dam, air traffic control centre or railroad switching station,' he added.

It comes as the head of the UN atomic watchdog also warned that terrorists
have the 'means, knowledge and information' to create a nuclear bomb.

The warnings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya
Amano come just days before world leaders meet for an important summit
against 'nuclear terrorism'.

'Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material
cannot be excluded,' Mr Amano told AFP.

'Member states need to have sustained interest in strengthening nuclear

'The countries which do not recognise the danger of nuclear terrorism are
the biggest problem.'

Belgium's neighbours have raised concerns over the country's creaking
nuclear plants for some time, after a series of problems ranging from
leaks to cracks and an unsolved sabotage incident.

Doel 1, the country's oldest reactor, was originally shuttered in February
2015 under a law calling for the country's gradual phasing out of nuclear
power, but the government then restarted it under an extension deal.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano confirmed
that terrorists now hae the 'means, knowledge and information to create a
nuclear bomb.

Amano said: 'Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear
material cannot be excluded. Member states need to have sustained interest
in strengthening nuclear security. The countries which do not recognise
the danger of nuclear terrorism are the biggest problem.'

Around 50 leaders will meet in Washington on March 31 for a summit on
ensuring that nuclear material in the world's roughly 1,000 atomic
facilities is secure.

Major progress has already been made, with countries reducing stockpiles
of nuclear material, experts say.

Japan, for example, is this month returning enough plutonium to make 50
nuclear bombs to the U.S.

But according to the International Panel on Fissile Materials, enough
plutonium and highly enriched uranium still exists to make 20,000 weapons
of the magnitude that levelled Hiroshima in 1945.

A grapefruit-sized amount of plutonium can be fashioned into a nuclear
weapon, and according to Mr Amano it is 'not impossible' that extremists
could manage to make a 'primitive' device - if they got hold of the

'It is now an old technology and nowadays terrorists have the means, the
knowledge and the information,' he said.

But he said that a far likelier risk was a 'dirty bomb'.

This is a device using conventional explosives to disperse radioactive
material other than uranium or plutonium.

Such material can be found in small quantities in universities, hospitals
and other facilities the world over, often with little security.

'Dirty bombs will be enough to [drive[ any big city in the world into
panic,' Mr Amano said. 'And the psychological, economic and political
implications would be enormous.'

This is thought to be well within the capabilities of extremists, and ISIS
has already used chemical weapons, according to CIA director John Brennan.

Probes into the Brussels attacks this week claimed that jihadis may have
been plotting to steal nuclear material to create a radioactive bomb.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Brussels have confirmed they have arrested and
charged Faycal Cheffou, a freelance journalist, in connection with the
Brussels attacks.

Cheffou was among six men arrested during a police raid on Thursday.

He has been arrested for 'involvement in a terrorist group, terrorist
killings and attempted terrorist killings'.

Belgian prosecutors have arrested and charged a new suspect in the
Brussels terror attacks.

The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement today that a man
identified as Faycal Cheffou, was one of six men detained in a police raid
on Thursday.

The statement added that he has been charged with for 'involvement in a
terrorist group, terrorist killings and attempted terrorist killings'.

Belgium media reports suggest Cheffou, a freelance journalist, is the
third bomber pictured walking through Brussels Airport before the attacks.

However that has not been confirmed by Belgian prosecutors.

But one source close to the investigation, said: 'That is a hypothesis the
investigators are working on.'

Following his arrest, police raided his home although they failed to find
any traces of explosives or weapons.

Reports in the Belgian media also say that the taxi driver who took the
suicide bombers to the airport on Tuesday morning has said he believes the
man wearing the white jacket and hat is Cheffou.

Prosecutors also said a second man Aboubakar A. had also been charged with
participation in the activities of a terrorist group.

Another suspect named as Rabah N. linked to a foiled plot in France was
charged with taking part in terrorist activities.

Cheffou lived in a small studio in an apartment building just 500 metres
from Maelbeek metro station, De Morgen reported.

Police cleared the building of all residents and spent five hours
searching his small home, the paper said.

A resident heard investigators say they had not found weapons or
explosives but had 'found enough'.

Cheffou, thought to be a freelance journalist, is known to the authorities
for drugs and violence, the paper claimed.

It is also said his sister reported him to police in 2014 saying she was
worried he was planning to go to Syria but was 'waiting the right moment'.


Krang, Bacellona, Spain, 5 minutes ago
Hey, Mustaph....I'll distract them while you stick your hand in there and
grab a fuel rod.
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MrCaliPark, Beverly Hills, United States, 6 minutes ago
Jesus Christ...
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fredbassett, Tomorrowland, Belgium, 8 minutes ago
and you are a genius i suppose ?
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Manualita, The Northern Wastes, United Kingdom, 10 minutes ago
They know who 90% of the bad guys are,its time to bring the hammer down.
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Smokiewater, Enniskillen, 18 minutes ago
One would assume that you don't just walk unchallenged into a nuclear
power plant and either detonate a fuel rod or walk out with a suitcase
full of uranium.
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Kismet2, London, United Kingdom, 10 minutes ago
The good thing about spent nuclear fuel is that it's self-protecting: The
radiation from it will kill anyone who gets close enough to try and steal
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ClearedHot, Atlanta, United States, 20 minutes ago
To celebrate this scary news, Obama just announced from the golf course,
that he intends to admit 100,000 more Syrians, (mostly young males) this
year. And of course, there will be no background checks, that would be
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Veteran Patriot, Charleston, United States, 16 minutes ago
Yep, and in the US they won't need a murdered security guard's ID; they'll
be able to use affirmative action to legitimately get a job at sensitive
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sweetvc, new york city, United States, 7 minutes ago
IF true, I'm sure they would all have background checks.... I would be
more scared about the ones born in Europe with European passports & no
background checks

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