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Belgian police detain16 in anti-terror raids

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Belgian police detain16 in anti-terror raids

Brussels 23 November 2015: Belgian police have made 16 detains in anti-terror raids, but suspected Paris attacks gunman Salah Abdeslam remains at large, the authorities have said. Some 22 raids were carried out Sunday across Brussels and Charleroi, the federal prosecutor’s spokesman said.Brussels remains on the highest level of terror alert. Universities, schools and the metro system will stay closed on Monday.More than 130 died and 350 were injured in the Paris attacks 10 days ago.

Belgian police detain16 in anti-terror raids
Belgian police detain16 in anti-terror raids

Police fired two shots at a car during an operation in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, injuring one suspect who was later arrested.No weapons or explosives were found during the searches on Sunday, spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference. Brussels has been on lockdown all weekend amid a manhunt for Abdeslam, who is suspected of being among the assailants who killed 130 people in Paris on Friday.Mr Michel told reporters that authorities feared “an attack similar to the one in Paris, with several individuals who could also possibly launch several attacks at the same time in multiple locations”.

Meanwhile,  that another of the suspected attackers – pictured in a new French police appeal issued on Sunday – arrived in Greece under the name of M al-Mahmod.French police have asked for more information about the man, who they say was the third suicide bomber to strike the Stade de France on 13 November.Earlier, Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the danger to Belgium was not tied to Abdeslam alone.

“The threat is broader than the one suspected terrorist,” he told Flemish broadcaster VRT. It was not clear if Mr Jambon was referring to those involved in the Paris attacks, or others who might be planning attacks in Belgium.Soldiers joined police officers on patrols in Brussels over the weekend. Many public spaces in the usually bustling capital were deserted, as people heeded official warnings to avoid crowds.

Mohammed Abdeslam, the brother of Brahim Abdeslam who blew himself up in Paris and Salah Abdeslam, spoke to Belgian TV on Sunday to urge his fugitive brother to hand himself in.The Belgian authorities have so far charged three people with involvement in the Paris attacks, claimed by Islamic State militants. French media have reported that nine militants carried out the attacks, and seven died on Friday night.

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