Paris attacks: Brussels on highest terror alert

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21 November 2015

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Belgium has raised its terror alert in the Brussels region to the highest level, warning of a “very serious” and “imminent” threat.

The metro system will be closed till Sunday, and the public has been warned to avoid crowds, including shopping centres and concerts, a statement said.

The warning for the rest of Belgium stays at a lower level – still serious.

Brussels was home to some of the suspected Paris attackers who killed 130 people last week.

The Brussels’ metro will stay closed till Sunday

One of those being sought, Salah Abdeslam, is believed to have gone back to Belgium.

Turkish police say they have arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan descent on suspicion that he scouted out sites in Paris, Turkish news agencies report.

The Belgian authorities have so far charged three people with involvement in the attacks, which Islamic State said it carried out.

They have also recommended that large events, including football matches, be cancelled.


 

On Friday evening, large crowds converged at the scenes of the attacks across the French capital at 21:20 (20:20 GMT) to hold vigils at the time the attacks started a week ago.

Also on Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to “redouble” action against Islamic State following last week’s deadly attacks in the French capital in which 130 people died.

The French-drafted document urges UN members to “take all necessary measures” in the fight against IS, which said it carried out the attacks.


 

Hundreds of people were wounded in the near-simultaneous attacks on Paris bars and restaurants, a concert hall and sports stadium.

The attacks were the worst in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.


 

What is Islamic State?

IS is a notoriously violent Islamist group which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. It has declared its territory a caliphate – a state governed in accordance with Islamic law – under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

What does it want?

IS demands allegiance from all Muslims, rejects national borders and seeks to expand its territory. It follows its own extreme version of Sunni Islam and regards non-believers as deserving of death.

How strong is IS?

IS projects a powerful image, partly through propaganda and sheer brutality, and is the world’s richest insurgent group. It has about 30,000 fighters but is facing daily bombing by a US-led multi-national coalition, which has vowed to destroy it.

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