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Belgium Raises Terror Alert to Highest Level in Brussels


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Brussels (AFP) – Belgium elevated its terror alert to the uppermost standard of the capital Brussels on Saturday, with the OCAM national crisis centre warning of an “imminent threat” a week after the Paris attacks.

“Following our latest evaluation… the centre has raised its terror alert to level 4, signifying a significant threat, for the Brussels region,” it said, as Europe tightens security after Islamic State militants killed 130 people in the French capital.

“The analysis shows a grave and imminent threat requiring specific safety measures as well as detailed recommendations for the population,” said OCAM, which is part of the Belgian interior ministry, in a statement.

The centre insisted citizens to keep away from crowded areas such as concerts and transport hubs in Belgium’s capital, which is also home to the European Union and NATO headquarters.

The officials refused to add more details until later on Saturday “to allow ongoing judicial investigations to follow their course,” the statement said.

Belgian investigators a few hours former charged a third unnamed suspect, arrested the day before, with involvement in terrorism over the Paris attacks.

It was in addition to Hamza Attou and Mohammed Amri, who charged previously this week with aiding passing Paris attacks in using to Salah Abdeslam on the night of the attacks.

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