Arrest of terror suspect: Belgian authorities expect attacks like in Paris

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Authorities have been investigating an asserted plot in that was to focus on several outstanding sites in Brussels throughout "the end of the year/New Year's celebrations", in accordance to the prosecutor's workplace, which let go no additional details concerning the plan. One of the intended targets was the Belgian capital's main square, visited by holiday shoppers this time of the year, a source said, as reported by New York Post.

According to Yahoo News, King Phillipe, in his annual Christmas address to the country, said, "We continue, unfortunately, to be marked by the dramatic attacks perpetrated in Paris, and realize the dangers that continue to weigh on us".

Four other people were taken in, questioned and then released, the prosecutor's office said.

"On the Grand Place, there are a lot of people, as well as soldiers and police who are patrolling, as well as a police station nearby", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized by the judge leading the investigation to make public statements.

It came after schools, universities and the Metro wereshut down in Brussels for several days last month after authorities raised the alert over a "serious and imminent" terror threat.

The prosecutor's office said the probe was not connected to the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, in which presumed ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud and fugitive Salah Abdeslam, were coming from Belgium.

Two of the Paris suicide bombers, Brahim Abdeslam and Bilal Hadfi, had been living in Belgium.

The remaining two, both understood to be male, were placed under arrest on charges including participation in the activities of a terrorist group as a leader or recruiter with the aim of committing terrorist offences as principal or secondary actor, the prosecutor's office said.

Belgian police have arrested nine people in connection with the Paris attacks. But I repeat: "if it's ever necessary, we'll take the decision (to recommend cancellation), even if it's a difficult one".

 

The police in the Belgian capital now tightened their security measures.

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