Brussels in security lockdown amid ‘precise’ attack risk

Brussels’ terrorism alert has been raised to the highest level after “precise information” of an attack risk, the Belgian prime minister has said. Public buildings have been asked to close.

The Belgian capital, Brussels, remained on its highest security alert on Saturday, with the government speaking of an “imminent threat” from Belgium-based militiants.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said there was “quite precise information about the risk of an attack like the one that happened in Paris … where several individuals with arms and explosives launch actions, perhaps even in several places at the same time.”

Public buildings, shopping centers and markets should be closed and sporting events canceled in the Belgian capital, the head of the Brussels region Rudi Vervoort said. Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur recommended that cafes, bars and discos close by 6 p.m. local time but there was no binding order to do so and some remained open.

 

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