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Belgium will keep the highest threat level for Brussels on Monday, with the metro as well as schools remaining closed because of a “serious and imminent” threat of coordinated, multiple attacks, the country’s prime minister said Sunday.
For the rest of the country, a threat level of three on a four tier scale would remain in place, Prime Minister Charles Michel said.
“What we fear is an attack similar to the one in Paris, with several individuals who could also possibly launch several attacks at the same time in multiple locations,” Michel told a press conference in Brussels. France24
In the Belgium capital Brussels’ the metro network, shuttered shops , public buildings have been shut and people have been warned to avoid public gatherings.
The Molenbeek district, known as the EU jihadi capital is a pitstop for radicals. It is “the source of the highest concentration in Europe of jihadi foreign fighters going to fight in Syria and Iraq.” The Paris attacks were planned in Brussels, the terrorists had connections to Molenbeek.
“Almost every time there’s a link with Molenbeek,” the Belgian prime minister, Charles Michel, said on Sunday. “We’ve tried prevention. Now we’ll have to get repressive. It’s been a form of laisser faire and laxity. Now we’re paying the bill.” theguardian
Now its own citizens are warned to avoid public places because of threats and security forces are on the streets.
Belgium raised the alert status for its capital Brussels to the highest level on Saturday, shutting the metro and warning the public to avoid crowds because of a “serious and imminent” threat of an attack.
A week after the Paris attacks carried out by Islamic State militants, of whom one suspect from Brussels is at large and said by authorities to be highly dangerous, the city was placed on the top level “four” in the government’s threat scale after a meeting of top ministers, police and security services.
“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,” a spokesman for the government’s crisis centre said.
He declined to say what specifically prompted the new alert.
A statement on the centre’s website said it had recommended closing the underground rail network until Sunday and the municipal transport authority tweeted that stations on the four main metro lines were closed “by order of the police”. France24