Brussels on alert for second day as Europe faces continued terror threat
Belgian security forces searched the capital Sunday, looking for a militant linked to this month’s Paris attacks and others plotting new assaults in the Belgian capital, as shops and the metro remained closed and public gatherings were canceled for a second day in the face of “serious and imminent” threat of more assaults.
With one major suspect from the Nov. 13 Paris assaults still at large and thought to be in Belgium, security officials believe that allies of the Islamic State may be planning a parallel attack in Brussels. Federal police say they are currently looking for 12 suspects here.
After a Sunday night meeting Belgian officials decided to extend a partial lockdown of the city for another day, keeping the capital on its maximum terror alert level. Brussels’s underground metro system will remain closed for a third day on Monday, while schools in the capital will also shut.
Prime Minister Charles Michel said that authorities had received “additional information” in recent hours that had led to the decision.
“We fear an attack like the attack in Paris,” he said in a press conference. “Meaning several individuals conducting an attack in Brussels, possibly in several places at the same time.”