As the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris continues, the city of Brussels raised its terror alert to 4/4. As a result the metro system is being shut down, some trams will not be running, but those in Brussels can expect the bus system to work as usual. A Belgian interior official was quoted:
The analysis shows indeed a serious and imminent threat that requires taking specific security measures as well as specific recommendations for the population
The threat level will remain at three for the rest of the country. This was based on the evaluation of “l’organs de coordination pour l’analyze de la menace” (OCAM). OCAM was established July 10, 2006 for the purpose of determining and acting on terror threats.
— Beatriz Ríos (@BeaRios_) November 21, 2015
Update 20:02… Police in Brussels are hunting at least two men, one of whom has an explosive device like those used in the Paris attacks. Earlier today police commandos arrested four people in a suspicious vehicle at the place du Grand Salon in Brussels. Per ABC news fugitive Salah Abedslam is hiding in Brussels and is desperately trying to reach Syria. Abeslam’s brother Mohammed confirmed that friends had told him about their Skype contact with Salah. Mohammed Abeslam repeated his urge for his brother to turn himself in.
A moment of levity Amidst a somber and tense day in Brussels, life went on, as a wedding was performed under guard by soldiers in Brussels. Reminding all in Brussels that despite the day’s challenges, life does go on.