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    A spokesperson for the federal prosecutor’s office said that Belgian police detained 16 suspects during anti-terror raids in capital Brussels and in the city of Charleroi.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – Belgian police detained 16 suspects during anti-terror raids in capital Brussels and in the city of Charleroi, a spokesperson for the federal prosecutor’s office said Monday.

    "Sixteen people have been arrested, a court investigator will decide about their detention tomorrow," the prosecutor told journalists.

    According to the spokesperson, raids were conducted in the Molenbeek, Anderlecht, Jette, Schaerbeek, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and Forest districts of Brussels, as well as in Charleroi.

    The raid was conducted after reports appeared last week claiming that  Abdeslam Salah, believed to be the only extremist to survive the Paris attacks, was seen in one of the districts of the Belgian capital.

    "There were no weapons, no explosives [found during the searches]. Abdeslam Salah was not arrested during the raids," the spokesperson said.

    Previously Belgian Federal Police asked local media and social networks’ users not to disclose the exact locations in which anti-terror operations are conducted.

    Belgian police was conducting an unprecedented anti-terrorist operation across several districts of Brussels, searching homes and arresting a number of suspects.

    The operation was being conducted in the central district of Brussels, with officers blocking streets and asking local residents to stay away from windows.

    • Soldiers stand guard in front of the central train station on November 22, 2015 in Brussels, as the Belgian capital remained on the highest security alert level over fears of a Paris-style attack.
      Soldiers stand guard in front of the central train station on November 22, 2015 in Brussels, as the Belgian capital remained on the highest security alert level over fears of a Paris-style attack.
      © AFP 2020 / Emmanuel Dunand
    • Soldiers stand guard in front of the central train station on November 22, 2015 in Brussels, as the Belgian capital remained on the highest security alert level over fears of a Paris-style attack.
      Soldiers stand guard in front of the central train station on November 22, 2015 in Brussels, as the Belgian capital remained on the highest security alert level over fears of a Paris-style attack.
      © AFP 2020 / Emmanuel Dunand
    • A soldier patrols around a security perimeter next to tourists taking a photo of the Manneken Pis statue, as a reported police intervention takes place, in Brussels on November 22, 2015.
      A soldier patrols around a security perimeter next to tourists taking a photo of the Manneken Pis statue, as a reported police intervention takes place, in Brussels on November 22, 2015.
      © AFP 2020 / Emmanuel Dunand
    • Belgian soldiers stand guard as a reported police intervention takes place around the Grand Place central square in Brussels on November 22, 2015.
      Belgian soldiers stand guard as a reported police intervention takes place around the Grand Place central square in Brussels on November 22, 2015.
      © AFP 2020 / Emmanuel Dunand
    • Belgian police officers secure an area in Brussels on November 22, 2015. Brussels will remain at the highest possible alert level with schools and metros closed over a serious and imminent security threat in the wake of the Paris attacks, the Belgian prime minister said.
      Belgian police officers secure an area in Brussels on November 22, 2015. Brussels will remain at the highest possible alert level with schools and metros closed over a "serious and imminent" security threat in the wake of the Paris attacks, the Belgian prime minister said.
      © AFP 2020 / BELGA / Nicolas Maeterlinck
    • A Belgian police officer takes position along a street during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris' attacks, in Brussels
      A Belgian police officer takes position along a street during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris' attacks, in Brussels
      © REUTERS / Youssef Boudlal
    • Belgian soldiers patrol on the Grand Place of Brussels as police searched the area during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks in Brussels
      Belgian soldiers patrol on the Grand Place of Brussels as police searched the area during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks in Brussels
      © REUTERS / Yves Herman
    • A Belgian soldier stands guard around a security perimeter as a reported police intervention takes place around the Grand Place central square in Brussels on November 22, 2015. Brussels will remain at the highest possible alert level with schools and metros closed over a serious and imminent security threat in the wake of the Paris attacks, the Belgian prime minister said.
      A Belgian soldier stands guard around a security perimeter as a reported police intervention takes place around the Grand Place central square in Brussels on November 22, 2015. Brussels will remain at the highest possible alert level with schools and metros closed over a "serious and imminent" security threat in the wake of the Paris attacks, the Belgian prime minister said.
      © AFP 2020 / Emmanuel Dunnand
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Belgian police officers search the area during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks in Brussels
      Belgian police officers search the area during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks in Brussels
      © REUTERS / Francois Lenoir
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    © AFP 2020 / Emmanuel Dunand
    Soldiers stand guard in front of the central train station on November 22, 2015 in Brussels, as the Belgian capital remained on the highest security alert level over fears of a Paris-style attack.

    The whole area of the immigrant Molebeek district was cordoned off, the media said.

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

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    terrorism, police, operation, Belgian Federal Police, Etterbeek, Liege, Molenbeek, Charleroi, Belgium
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