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Nuclear Plants Among The Belgian Sites Facing Possible Terror Threats

Belgian officials are reportedly concerned that ISIS could target the country's nuclear power facilities.

By Melissa Prax | March 26, 2016

Officials worry nuclear power plants in Belgium could be ISIS' next target.

If terrorists managed to get inside and disable a plant, there's speculation they could shut down power across much of Belgium. They could also theoretically make radioactive bombs from materials inside a facility, though experts told The New York Times that idea seems far-fetched.

The British defense secretary said ISIS' desire for nuclear weapons "was a new and emerging threat."

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Shortly after the recent attacks in Brussels that killed over 30 people, Belgian officials evacuated two nearby power plants.

As the investigation into the attacks continues, officials say there are a few ways terrorists could infiltrate the plants.

In an earlier discovery during the investigation into last year's Paris terror attacks, police found nearly 10 hours of surveillance footage of a Belgian nuclear official's home.

This video includes clips from Deutsche Welle and U.S. Department of Defense and images from Getty Images and Rafaël Delaedt / CC BY SA 2.5.

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