A Belgian soldier patrols near an armoured vehicle in central Brussels November 22, 2015, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris.
Belgium’s prime minister says its highest level of alert will remain in effect for Brussels on Monday, with metro and schools closed, as there is still a “serious and imminent” threat of coordinated, multiple Paris-like attacks.
A level three terror threat on a four point scale will stay in place for the rest of Belgium, PM Charles Michel said on Sunday.
“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,” he told a press conference in Brussels.
Police and army presence will be boosted in the capital, Michel said, stressing that possible targets include malls, shops, and public transport.
Meanwhile, there are reports that security forces launched an operation near the Grande Place, the central square of Brussels, on Sunday evening, RTL Belgium reported.
A witness at a restaurant in the vicinity told RTL that police had ordered the people to finish their meals and “wait for their signal to evacuate.”
Meanwhile, other reports suggest that the Radisson Blu hotel in Brussels is on lockdown due to a terror threat.
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Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.