With “Information comparable to Paris,” terror alert level raised to maximum in Brussels

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Belgian Economy Minister Kris Peeters speaks to the media as he arrives at an extraordinary State National Security Councilin in Brussels, Belgium, 21 November 2015. Last night Belgium raised the alert status at Level 4/4 as 'serious and imminent' threat of an attack, the main effect are closing of all Metro Line in Brussels, all soccer match of league one and two cancelled countrywide. Belgium government said 'the advice for the population is to avoid places where a lot of people come together like shopping centres, concerts, events or public transport stations wherever possible

With “Information comparable to Paris,” terror alert level raised to maximum in Brussels


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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.    

In a press release it was stated that a “certain number of elements” had informed this decision, but due to the sensitivity of the situation those elements could not be revealed at this time. No word at this time on when the metro system will be running as normal. Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, said the decision to raise the terror threat level in Brussels was linked to an imminent threat of attacks, citing the threat of an “attack by individuals with explosives and weapons at several locations in the capital.” A hotline for members of the public has been set up by government in Brussels for terror related emergencies. The number is 1771.

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.

 

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