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Belgium on terror lockdown: Brussels metro closed and people warned to avoid public areas after ‘serious and imminent threat’ alert over Paris-style ISIS attack
Troops have been deployed on the streets of Brussels following ‘imminent’ terror threat fear
- Brussels’ metro network has been shut following security lockdown after terror threat level is raised in Belgium
- People have been warned to avoid public gatherings in Brussels after warning of ‘imminent threat’
- Decision based on ‘precise information’ of Paris style attack, according to Belgium Prime Minister
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Brussels has been put into security lockdown after Belgian intelligence received ‘precise information’ of a planned Paris-style ISIS attack in the capital.
Belgium’s prime minister Charles Michel confirmed that the decision to raise the terror alert level in Brussels was taken ‘based on quite precise information about the risk of an attack like the one that happened in Paris.’
Service has been halted on the Brussels subway system and heavily armed police and soldiers are patrolling the Belgian capital amid a high security alert.
The country’s national security center has raised the terror threat level to Level four after fears of a ‘serious and imminent’ terror threat involving ‘weapons and explosives’.
Service has been halted on the Brussels subway system and heavily armed police and soldiers are patrolling the Belgian capital amid a high security alert
Speaking at a news conference, the Belgium Prime Minister said the fear was that ‘several individuals with arms and explosives could launch an attack … perhaps even in several places’.
‘We urge the public not to give in to panic, to stay calm. We have taken the measures that are necessary,’ Mr Michel added.
People in Brussels have been told to avoid public gatherings, including concerts, train stations and airports.
Belgium’s interior minister Jan Jambon said the country’s situation is ‘serious’ but under control with the nation at its highest state of alert.
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Brussels terror alert based on fears of ‘Paris-style attack’
Belgian PM Charles Michel says the decision to raise the terror alert level in Brussels to the highest level was taken fearing an attack “like the one that happened in Paris” last week.
The fear was that “several individuals with arms and explosives could launch an attack… perhaps even in several places”, Mr Michel said.
Some of the attackers who killed 130 people in Paris lived in Brussels.
Leading suspect Salah Abdeslam is believed to have gone back to Belgium.
A huge manhunt is under way.
The Brussels metro is closed till Sunday and people have been told to avoid crowds.
These include shopping centres and concerts, and the authorities have also recommended that large events, including football matches, be cancelled, a statement said.
The warning for the rest of Belgium stays at a lower level, which is still at a “serious” level.
The Belgian government will review the security situation in Brussels on Sunday afternoon, Mr Michel added.