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    Belgian Police Conducting Operation in Central Brussels Amid Terror Threat

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    The Belgian police is conducting a special operation in the central commune of Brussels over a terror threat, local media reported Sunday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — According to La Libre Belgique portal, the local streets are being blocked and residents of houses nearby were asked to stay away from windows.

    On Saturday, the authorities raised the terror alert level in Brussels to level 4, the highest possible, in the wake of attacks in Paris earlier this month.

    The Brussels underground was shut down on Saturday and Sunday, and will remain closed on Monday. The schools in the Belgian capital of Brussels will be shut down Monday over the highest level of terror threat

    • A Belgian soldier patrols near an armoured vehicle in central Brussels after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris.
      A Belgian soldier patrols near an armoured vehicle in central Brussels after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris.
    • A Belgian soldier stands guard outside a cafe near Brussels' Grand Place after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris.
      A Belgian soldier stands guard outside a cafe near Brussels' Grand Place after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris.
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    • Belgian soldiers and police patrol in central Brussels after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris
      Belgian soldiers and police patrol in central Brussels after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris
      © REUTERS / Yves Herman
    • Belgian police and military conduct a search in central Brussels following the recent deadly Paris attacks, in Brussels Belgian police and military conduct a search in central Brussels following the recent deadly Paris attacks, in Brussels, Belgium, November 22, 2015.
      Belgian police and military conduct a search in central Brussels following the recent deadly Paris attacks, in Brussels Belgian police and military conduct a search in central Brussels following the recent deadly Paris attacks, in Brussels, Belgium, November 22, 2015.
      © REUTERS / Yves Herman
    • Belgian policemen and a serviceman secure an area during a press conference by the Belgian prime minister concerning the country's security alert level in Brussels on November 22, 2015.
      Belgian policemen and a serviceman secure an area during a press conference by the Belgian prime minister concerning the country's security alert level in Brussels on November 22, 2015.
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    A Belgian soldier patrols near an armoured vehicle in central Brussels after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris.

    At least 130 people were killed and over 350 injured in suicide bombings and shootings at a football stadium, a concert hall and restaurants in Paris on November 13.

    Following the attacks, the Belgian police carried out a series of anti-terrorist operations detaining a number of people in Brussels, after it was revealed one of the attackers had lived there. At least 16 suspects have been arrested, according to media reports.

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