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BRUSSELS â?? The Belgian authorities halted public transit, canceled soccer games and warned citizens to keep away from purchasing centers, airports, train stations and concerts in the Brussels region early Saturday, warning that the capital was vulnerable in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
The Belgian governmentâ??s threat analysis unit raised the countryâ??s threat level to 3 on Monday, warning of a â??possible and most likely threat.â? On Friday night, it raised the threat level to four for the capital region, Prime Minister Charles Michel announced.
â??Level four implies that the threat is significant and imminent,â? Mr. Michel told reporters on Saturday. â??The raising of the threat is a result of data, reasonably precise, of a risk of an attack related to the one particular that unfolded in Paris.â? He stated the threat involved â??multiple folks capable of striking a number of web sites with weapons and explosives, perhaps at the very same time.â?
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At least 4 of the Paris attackers lived in the Brussels location.
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As several as six of the assailants in the coordinated Islamic State terrorist assault in Paris have been Europeans who had traveled to Syria.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is believed to have been the chief planner and who died in a police raid outside Paris on Wednesday, lived in the Molenbeek neighborhood, as did Ibrahim Abdeslam, one of the suicide bombers, and his brother Salah, who is at large. One more suicide bomber, Bilal Hadfi, lived in the Neder-More than-Heembeek district.
The arrests of two other Belgians in connection with the attacks have additional raised alarm right here.
A person who was arrested on Friday in Brussels has been charged with â??participation in terrorist attacks and participation in the activities of a terrorist organization,â? a federal magistrate, Eric Van der Sijpt, announced on Saturday.
A search of the personâ??s home came up with a weapon, but no explosives, Mr. Van der Sijpt stated. He did not name the particular person, but a number of Belgian newspapers described him as a 39-year-old Moroccan who lives in the Jette section of Brussels, gave assist to Salah Abdeslam right after the attacks and has a brother who is fighting in Syria. The government had already arrested two other Belgians, accusing them of assisting Mr. Abdeslam by driving him from Paris to Brussels.
Also on Saturday, Turkish authorities arrested an Islamic State militant at a luxury hotel in Antalya, along with two other people. They identified him as Ahmad Dahmani, 26, a Belgian of Moroccan ancestry, and said he was attempting to illegally cross the border into Syria.
â??We think that Dahmani was in speak to with the terrorists who perpetrated the Paris attacks,â? stated a Turkish official who spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with government protocol.
Mr. Dahmani arrived from Amsterdam on Nov. 14 â?? the day right after the Paris attacks. â??There is no record of the Belgian authorities getting warned Turkey about Dahmani â?? which is why there was no entry ban,â? the official stated, adding, â??Had the Belgian authorities alerted us in due time, Dahmani could have been apprehended at the airport.â?
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He also named for imprisoning jihadists returning to Belgium and requiring anybody considered sufficiently radicalized to be a threat to wear an ankle bracelet. His strategy would also ban the anonymous sale of phone SIM cards, lift restrictions on what times of day the police can conduct raids on terror suspects and enable the authorities to arrest or expel religious figures â??who preach hatred.â?