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Brussels placed on high alert

Bruxelles, ce samedi.

Brussels ., this Saturday Photo credits: Youssef Boudlal / REUTERS

The authorities believe that the city is under serious threat attack in the wake of the arrest of a man whose arms were found. Even as Abdeslam Salah is still missing.

Belgium raised its terror alert level for the city of Brussels maximum because of a “risk of attack by individuals with weapons and explosives, “said Saturday the Prime Minister Charles Michel. “This is the result of relatively accurate information of a risk of attack as held in Paris,” said the Prime Minister at the government.

He referred to a “risk of attack by individuals with weapons and explosives, maybe even several places at once “to justify the passage to level 4 of the whole Brussels Region of Brussels airport and Vilvoorde, a Flemish town which come from several youth became radicalized. Potential targets were “shopping streets, demonstrations, lively places and transport,” he added. “We have sufficient evidence to believe that the threat is specific and imminent,” said Saturday morning the Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

Specifically, all metro stations are closed in the Belgian capital, they will not reopen until Sunday afternoon, in the best case. An unprecedented step, because even at a previous alert 4 in Belgium, the underground continued to operate. The Minister-President of Brussels, Rudi Vervoort, stressed that these “exceptional closures” had the aim of ‘clear of police capacity “to respond to the terrorist threat.

Large canceled events

Many events were canceled, including two concerts of Johnny Hallyday this weekend at Heysel, in the Brussels region. The shopping centers are closed and many museums, the Atomium and movie complex. However, all the football matches of the first division championship, the Jupiler Pro League, were maintained with the exception of Lokeren, Anderlecht meet in Brussels.

Brussels Airport has in turn ensured that passengers could “take their aircraft as usual.” However, “parking is prohibited in the Kiss & Fly Zone (drop-off).”

The situation will be reassessed Sunday afternoon, with the holding of a new National Security Council, said the head of government. A crisis number has also been set up on 1771.

These measures occurred several hours after a suspect arrested in Belgium was charged with terrorism by the Belgian courts in connection with the attacks that made 130 died in Paris on November 13. The suspect, whose identity has not been made public, is the third to be charged in Belgium in connection with the attacks in Paris. Weapons were found “home” of the person, said Saturday the federal prosecution.

Past week, European police forces are looking Salah Abdeslam, a member of the commandos on Friday 13 November in Paris . Originally from the Brussels commune of Molenbeek, the 26 year old man is on the run. “Dangerous” according to the police, he was the subject of a road check on the morning of November 14 in Cambrai (North). Since it was not found.

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