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    EC Raises Alert State, Cancels Events Amid Highest Brussels Threat Level

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    The European Council having raised the alert state after Belgium raised the terror threat levels for its capital Brussels.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The European Council has announced Sunday it cancelled several events it considered non-essential for Monday, having raised the alert state after Belgium raised the terror threat levels for its capital Brussels.

    "On Sunday 22 November the Belgian authorities announced that the decision taken the previous day to increase the security threat level for the Brussels region from 3 to 4 will remain in effect. As a consequence, the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) has decided to raise its alert state to ORANGE (from yellow). This is a precautionary measure, consistent with the increased Belgian threat level," the statement read.

    The heightened threat level means that several security measures will be put in place, according to the statement.

    "As a result of the increase in alert state, the Presidency of the Council, in consultation with the GSC, has decided to cancel the majority of non-essential meetings scheduled to take place tomorrow in the Council building," the statement added.

    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

    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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