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A police officer blocks the Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 16, 2015, after police shot dead two suspects in a gun battle after they opened fire on officers with heavy weapons, and arrested a third man. Belgian police arrested 13 people during a dozen raids overnight, smashing plot to kill police officers 'in public roads and in police stations', prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Belgian authorities say at least 13 people have been detained in Belgium and two arrested in France in an anti-terror sweep following a firefight in which two suspected terrorists were killed. (Jan. 16)
Members of the forensic team arrive at Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 16, 2015, after police shot dead two suspects in a gun battle after they opened fire on officers with heavy weapons, and arrested a third man. Belgian police arrested 13 people during a dozen raids overnight, smashing plot to kill police officers 'in public roads and in police stations', prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the forensic team takes pictures at Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 16, 2015, after police shot dead two suspects in a gun battle after they opened fire on officers with heavy weapons, and arrested a third man. Belgian police arrested 13 people during a dozen raids overnight, smashing plot to kill police officers 'in public roads and in police stations', prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the forensic team work at Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 16, 2015, after police shot dead two suspects in a gun battle after they opened fire on officers with heavy weapons, and arrested a third man. Belgian police arrested 13 people during a dozen raids overnight, smashing plot to kill police officers 'in public roads and in police stations', prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
An armed policeman stands guard at the entrance of Belgium's federal prosecutor office in Brussels, January 16, 2015. Belgian police arrested 13 people during a dozen raids overnight, smashing plot to kill police officers 'in public roads and in police stations', prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A Belgian police officer guards a street in Verviers, Belgium, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Belgian authorities say two people have been killed and one has been arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in Verviers. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Armed Belgian police officers guard a street in Verviers, Belgium, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The street was blocked after security forces took part in anti-terrorist raids in Verviers, eastern Belgium on Thursday in which two people were killed and one arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Verviers. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A car leaving the crime scene in Verviers, Belgium, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows three bullet wholes. Police blocks a street after security forces took part in anti-terrorist raids in Verviers, eastern Belgium. Belgian authorities said two people were killed and one was arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Verviers. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A journalist reads a newspaper about the Belgian police raid, near Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 16, 2015, after police shot dead two suspects in a gun battle after they opened fire on officers with heavy weapons, and arrested a third man. Belgian police arrested 13 people during a dozen raids overnight, smashing plot to kill police officers 'in public roads and in police stations', prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer blocks a street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 16, 2015, after police shot dead two suspects in a gun battle after they opened fire on officers with heavy weapons, and arrested a third man. Belgium was on high alert after two suspected jihadists were killed in a police raid, while German and French police made fresh arrests to put Europe on edge a week after the Islamist attacks in Paris. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
A car leaving the crime scene in Verviers, Belgium, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows three bullet wholes. Police blocks a street after security forces took part in anti-terrorist raids in Verviers, eastern Belgium. Belgian authorities said two people were killed and one arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Verviers. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Police checks the identity of people who want to enter a government building in Brussels, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Thirteen people were detained in Belgium and two arrested in France in an anti-terror sweep following a firefight in which two suspected terrorists were killed in the eastern city of Verviers on Thursday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Police block Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 15, 2015, after two were killed during an anti-terrorist operation. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group which police targeted was about to commit a terror attack. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL VAN HOORN --NETHERLANDS OUT-- (Photo credit should read MARCEL VAN HOORN/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 15, 2015, after two were reportedly killed during an anti-terrorist operation. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group which police targeted was about to commit a terror attack. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL VAN HOORN --NETHERLANDS OUT-- (Photo credit should read MARCEL VAN HOORN/AFP/Getty Images)
Two were killed and one was wounded during an anti-terror raid in the Belgian town of Verviers.
Police cars and vans are parked in a street as police set up a large security perimeter in the city center of Verviers, eastern Belgium, where three people were reportedly killed in an anti-terrorism operation on January 15, 2015. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15, with reports saying there were three deaths. Public broadcaster RTBF reported three deaths and said explosions were heard at the scene, but there was no immediate confirmation. The incident comes as Europe is on high alert after 17 people were killed in the Islamist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris last week. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / BRUNO FAHY --BELGIUM OUT-- (Photo credit should read BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 15, 2015, after two were killed during an anti-terrorist operation. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group which police targeted was about to commit a terror attack. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL VAN HOORN --NETHERLANDS OUT-- (Photo credit should read MARCEL VAN HOORN/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 15, 2015, after two were reportedly killed during an anti-terrorist operation. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group which police targeted was about to commit a terror attack. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL VAN HOORN --NETHERLANDS OUT-- (Photo credit should read MARCEL VAN HOORN/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 15, 2015, after two were reportedly killed during an anti-terrorist operation. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group which police targeted was about to commit a terror attack. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL VAN HOORN --NETHERLANDS OUT-- (Photo credit should read MARCEL VAN HOORN/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalists and residents stand near police vehicles as police set a large security perimeter in the city center of Verviers on January 15, 2015, during a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers today, with reports saying three people had been killed. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / BRUNO FAHY ***BELGIUM OUT*** (Photo credit should read BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer walks near locals as police set a large security perimeter around 6 Colline street in the city center of Verviers, eastern Belgium, where three people were reportedly killed in an anti-terrorism operation on January 15, 2015. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15, with reports saying there were three deaths. Public broadcaster RTBF reported three deaths and said explosions were heard at the scene, but there was no immediate confirmation. The incident comes as Europe is on high alert after 17 people were killed in the Islamist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris last week. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / BRUNO FAHY --BELGIUM OUT-- (Photo credit should read BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalists and residents stand near police vehicles as police set a large security perimeter in the city center of Verviers on January 15, 2015, during a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation. Public broadcaster RTBF reported three deaths and said explosions were heard at the scene, but there was no immediate confirmation. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / BRUNO FAHY ***BELGIUM OUT*** (Photo credit should read BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)
Belgian security officers guard a street blocked by a screen in Verviers, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Belgian authorities say two people have been killed and one has been arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Verviers. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Belgian police officers guard a street in Verviers, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Belgian authorities say two people have been killed and one has been arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Verviers. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
In this image made from video, police and emergency response vehicles block a street after security forces took part in anti-terrorist raids in Verviers, eastern Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Belgian authorities say two people have been killed and one has been arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Verviers. (AP Photo/RTL - TVI) BELGIUM OUT
Special police forces guard a street in Verviers, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Police blocked a street after security forces took part in anti-terrorist raids in Verviers, eastern Belgium. Belgian authorities say two people have been killed and one has been arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Verviers. (AP Photo / Frank Augstein)
Special police forces guard a street in Verviers, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Police blocked a street after security forces took part in anti-terrorist raids in Verviers, eastern Belgium. Belgian authorities say two people have been killed and one has been arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Verviers.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Belgium's federalprosecutor Eric Van der Sypt gives a press conference in Brussels, on January 15, 2015 after an anti-terrorist operation during which two were reportedly killed. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group was about to launch 'large-scale' attacks in the country after returning from Syria. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ **Belgium Out** (Photo credit should read LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/AFP/Getty Images)
Belgium's federal prosecutor spokesman Eric Van der Sypt (C) talks to the press at a press conference in Brussels, on January 15, 2015, after an anti-terrorist operation during which two were reportedly killed. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group was about to launch 'large-scale' attacks in the country after returning from Syria. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers work in a cordoned off section of Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 15, 2015, after two suspected jihadists were killed during an anti-terrorist operation. Belgian police shot dead two suspects in a huge operation against jihadists who had returned from Syria and planned an imminent attack, a new horror for Europe just days after the Paris massacre. Prosecutors said a third suspect was injured after heavily-armed militants with Kalashnikov assault rifles opened fire on police carrying out a raid on a property in Verviers, eastern Belgium. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL VAN HOORN --NETHERLANDS OUT-- (Photo credit should read MARCEL VAN HOORN/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen and forencic police work into a marked out perimeter in Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 15, 2015, after two men were reportedly killed during an anti-terrorist operation. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group which police targeted was about to commit a terror attack. AFP PHOTO / BELGA PHOTO / BRUNO FAHY ** BELGIUM OUT ** (Photo credit should read BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen and forencic police work into a marked out perimeter in Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 15, 2015, after two men were reportedly killed during an anti-terrorist operation. Belgian police launched a 'jihadist-related' anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group which police targeted was about to commit a terror attack. AFP PHOTO / BELGA PHOTO / BRUNO FAHY ** BELGIUM OUT ** (Photo credit should read BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)
Belgian police officers guard a street in Verviers, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Belgian authorities say two people have been killed and one has been arrested during a shootout in an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Verviers. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Belgian authorities said Saturday that information sent to them from Athens so far has not indicated the people detained by police in Greece were involved in a Belgian jihadi cell.

A Greek police official earlier said four terrorism suspects had been arrested separately in Athens and included a man who matched the description of the suspect Belgian authorities believe was behind a jihadi cell that was dismantled in Belgium on Thursday.

But after initial vetting in Brussels, federal magistrate Eric van der Sypt said the information they received showed there was no link.

The Greek official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the ongoing probe, said the "investigation is ongoing. We are in touch with the Belgians."

The arrests came amid stepped-up police efforts across Europe to prevent terrorism, a groundswell of popular antagonism against radical Islam, and protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad across the Muslim world that have underscored vast cultural differences.

Belgium has raised its terror warning to 3, the second-highest, following anti-terror raids there on Thursday which left two suspects dead and a third wounded amid fears they had been planning imminent attacks on police and their offices.

The country deployed 150 paratroopers Saturday to guard possible terrorism targets, including some buildings in Antwerp's Jewish quarter. It was the first time in 30 years that authorities used troops to reinforce police, and they said the number of troops could double until a review of situation next week.

Meanwhile in France, authorities sought to head off possible civil unrest and glorification of terrorism after the country's worst attacks in decades - assenting to quietly bury the two brothers involved in the attack against the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and banning an anti-Islamist demonstration in Paris.

"We are one country, one people, one France - without distinction by religion, belief or sensibility," President Francois Hollande said in a speech Saturday in south-central France. "An ardent France against those who want to instill among us who-knows-what war of religion."

Authorities have said there is no apparent link between the foiled plots in Belgium and last week's terror attacks against the newspaper and a kosher grocery in Paris, in which brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi and their friend Amedy Coulibaly killed 17 people.

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Casert contributed from Brussels. Jamey Keaten and Greg Keller in Paris also contributed to this report.

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