The Belgian capital, Brussels, has been placed on heightened security as of this morning, after officials raised the terror alert level due to fears of a Paris-style attack.
The city has been on high alert since the attacks across the French capital last Friday, but on Saturday they raised the terror alert level to its highest threshold, level 4.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the heightened security measures were “based on quite precise information about the risk of an attack like the one that happened in Paris – where several individuals with arms and explosives launch actions, perhaps even in several places at the same time”.
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As a result of the threat, the city’s metro and tram systems have been shut as a precautionary measure, and they’ll remain closed through Sunday afternoon.
Michel has urged people in the city not to panic and added that the government’s crisis cell will meet again on Sunday afternoon to reassess the threat.
Belgian news outlet Le Libre, along with a number of other local newspapers, have quoted anonymous police sources and claimed at least one person was arrested after weapons were found in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels overnight.
Military out once again in the streets of Brussels pic.twitter.com/JExhrvLVtL
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A number of the attackers who killed the 130 people across Paris in the coordinated bombings and shootings lived in Brussels, and leading suspect Salah Abdeslam is believed to have escaped back to Belgium.
A huge manhunt is under way to bring him to justice.
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