22:00 GMT27 January 2020
Listen Live
    Europe
    Get short URL
    384
    Subscribe

    Belgium’s OCAM crisis center has raised the terror alert level in Brussels to the highest possible grade for the first time ever.

    Handout picture shows Belgian-born Abdeslam Salah seen on a call for witnesses notice released by the French Police Nationale information services on their twitter account November 15, 2015
    © REUTERS / Police Nationale/Handout
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Belgium’s OCAM (Organe de Coordination pour l'Analyse de la Menace) crisis center has raised the terror alert level in Brussels to level 4, the highest possible, in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

    "Following a new assessment of the OCAM performed this Friday, 20/11, in the evening, the terror alert level rose to level 4…for the Brussels Region. Level 3 [alert] continues to apply to the rest of the country," the crisis center said in a statement, warning of a "serious and imminent threat."

    OCAM recommended that Brussels residents avoid crowded public places, such as train stations and airports, refrain from using public transport and do not attend concerts and other mass events.

    • Belgian Army soldiers patrol in the picturesque Grand Place in the center of Brussels on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.
      Belgian Army soldiers patrol in the picturesque Grand Place in the center of Brussels on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.
      © AP Photo / Geert Vanden Wijngaert
    • A man checks his mobile phone while walking by Belgian army trucks stationed in the Jewish neighborhood close to the Antwerp Central railway station in Antwerp, on November 20, 2015.
      A man checks his mobile phone while walking by Belgian army trucks stationed in the Jewish neighborhood close to the Antwerp Central railway station in Antwerp, on November 20, 2015.
      © AFP 2019 / LUC CLAESSEN
    • Army trucks stand in the Jewish neighborhood close to the Antwerp Centraal railway station in Antwerp, Belgium on November 20, 2015.
      Army trucks stand in the Jewish neighborhood close to the Antwerp Centraal railway station in Antwerp, Belgium on November 20, 2015.
      © AFP 2019 / LUC CLAESSEN
    • Security guards search fans as they enter the stadium before the Jupiler Pro League match between KAA Gent and Westerlo, in Gent, on November 20, 2015, as part of security measures set following Paris' attacks.
      Security guards search fans as they enter the stadium before the Jupiler Pro League match between KAA Gent and Westerlo, in Gent, on November 20, 2015, as part of security measures set following Paris' attacks.
      © AFP 2019 / BRUNO FAHY
    • Security guards search fans as they enter the stadium before the Jupiler Pro League match between KAA Gent and Westerlo, in Gent, on November 20, 2015, as part of security measures set following Paris' attacks.
      Security guards search fans as they enter the stadium before the Jupiler Pro League match between KAA Gent and Westerlo, in Gent, on November 20, 2015, as part of security measures set following Paris' attacks.
      © AFP 2019 / BRUNO FAHY
    1 / 5
    © AP Photo / Geert Vanden Wijngaert
    Belgian Army soldiers patrol in the picturesque Grand Place in the center of Brussels on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.

    On Friday, Belgium charged an unidentified man with terrorism offenses in connection with the November 13 Paris attacks.

    According to Belgian prosecutors, nine people were detained on Thursday in connection with the terrorist acts in the French capital, which took the lives of at least 129 people, injuring 350 others.

    The attacks were staged in several locations across Paris, including the Stade de France stadium and the Bataclan concert hall.

    Following the tragedy, Belgian police carried out a series of anti-terrorist operations detaining a number of people in Brussels, suspected of links to the Paris attacks.

    Belgium's terror alert level was raised from level 2 to level 3 on Monday.

    The alleged ringleader of the Paris attacks, Belgium-based Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a police raid in Paris on Wednesday.

    Related:

    Belgian Police Detain Nine Suspected Terrorists in Brussels
    Populists Pull EU From Right to Left as Europe Loses Faith in Brussels
    Two Paris Attackers Were From Brussels
    Tags:
    terror alert, terrorist, OCAM, Paris, Brussels, France
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik