Europe is in a jittery mood, with good reason.
Two suspected jihadi terrorists were shot dead Thursday in a police gun battle in eastern Belgium, and German police arrested two men in Berlin on suspicion of recruiting and raising money for the Islamic State.
The events capped a tense week following the Paris attacks that led to the arrest of a terror suspect in Wolfsburg, Germany, and the death of an Eritrean refugee in Dresden on a night when 25,000 people turned out in the center of the eastern German city to protest immigration.
On Thursday evening, Belgian police shot and killed two men in the town of Verviers in a bloody gun battle lasting several minutes before stunned commuters during evening rush hour.
Federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said a major terrorist attack, on a scale of the one in Paris, had been averted. Police also raided buildings in Brussels and nearby towns.