Nearly 200 people detained by Belgian police after rioting in Brussels

By BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
May 24, 2008 13:29

Police have detained nearly 200 youths after rioting in Brussels sparked by a simmering dispute between rival groups after a soccer match. Police spokesman Gerald Noon says 26 people, including 14 police officers, were injured in the clashes late Friday that officers believe were prearranged by troublemakers over the Internet. Noon says the violence stemmed from a confrontation last weekend between North African youths and fans of Anderlecht soccer club after it won the Belgian Cup Final. He told VRT radio Saturday that further arrests could follow after investigators analyze camera footage to try to identify troublemakers.


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