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BRUSSELS â?? As the French authorities continued DNA tests to decide whether or not the Belgian man suspected of organizing the Paris terrorist attacks was killed in a raid, the Belgian police carried out its own sweep in Brussels on Thursday.
Six raids are getting carried out in Brussels in relation to Bilal Hadfi, one particular of the dead Paris attackers, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor mentioned, adding that the homes of Mr. Hadfiâ??s pals and relatives were being searched.
The latest search for suspects came as the French prime minister, Manuel Valls, mentioned an attack employing â??chemical or biological weaponsâ? in France could not be ruled out the Belgian prime minister, Charles Michel, asked Parliament to approve a selection of new safety measures and the Paris prefecture extended a ban on protests in the Paris area until Sunday.
At least some of the raids were being performed in Molenbeek, the Brussels district that has emerged as a vital link in the investigation of the attacks in Paris on Friday that left at least 129 men and women dead.
Molenbeek was the base for Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian who is believed to have organized the attacks, and the Abdeslam brothers: Salah, who is nevertheless at big, and Ibrahim, who died right after he detonated a suicide bomb at a cafe on Friday.
Mr. Abaaoud was the focus of a raid on Wednesday in St.-Denis, a suburb on the northern edge of Paris, that ended with eight men and women in custody.
On Wednesday, the French prosecutor, FranÃ§ois Molins, said only that Mr. Abaaoud was not taken into custody. The authorities had been conducting tests on the remains of at least two bodies that have been located right after the raid, in which a suicide bomber died soon after she detonated an explosive vest.
Mr. Valls, in a speech at the French National Assembly, exactly where lawmakers were debating a three-month extension of a state of emergency, warned that â??we need to not rule something outâ? when considering the possibility that terrorists may use chemical weapons.
Mr. Valls also known as for reinforced tracking of movements of individuals within the European Union and urged European nations to increase the sharing of airline passenger data.
â??France has been attacked,â? Mr. Valls stated in justifying the require to extend the state of emergency. â??French individuals are below shock. They are expecting from all of us some sturdy, swift and powerful reactions.â?
On Wednesday, President FranÃ§ois Hollande announced at a gathering of French mayors that nearby police forces would be supplied with weapons and bulletproof jackets, taken from the stocks of the national police, for these that requested them.
In Belgium, Mr. Michel announced new safety measures intended to strengthen the fight again terrorism.
Mr. Michel asked Parliament to double the price range for state security to 400 million euros, or about $ 427 million, and to extend the maximum detention time with no charges in suspected terror circumstances to 72 hours from 24 hours. He also desires lawmakers to give the government the authority to shut down mosques that preach hate speech.
The government also mentioned it would increase recruitment for security forces, and invest in new technology and better communication systems. It will also extend the use of investigative strategies for terror circumstances, like wiretapping and raids on private homes, to other crimes, in certain arms trafficking, a new priority.
If Parliament passes the measures, Belgians who travel abroad to fight with the Islamic State would be imprisoned upon their return, and men and women believed to be at risk of going overseas to wage jihad would be given an electronic bracelet and could be stripped of their Belgian citizenship, a measure that France is also considering.
The measures follow a package proposed in January, a single day after a raid in Verviers, Belgium, that killed two guys suspected of belonging to a terror cell run by Mr. Abaaoud.