16 arrested in Brussels raids but Salah Abdeslam still at large

Belgium Army in Brussels on Sunday November 22.

AFTER 19 late night raids by Belgian police in Brussels on Sunday, 16 terror suspects have been arrested with alleged Paris attacker Salah Abdelslam not among the captures.

Belgium entered its third day of lockdown on Monday morning as the metro will again be shut until at least 3pm this afternoon. Schools and universities will also be shut however buses and overground trams will be up and running.

Officials say a network of terrorists in Brussels is planning an attack in the city similar to the Paris attacks which Salah Abdelslam is suspected of being a part of. 

On Sunday night armed police and soldiers moved to cordon off areas of Brussels, evacuating restaurants and shutting down roads as helicopters were heard overhead.

No weapons or explosives were found in the late night raids and the latest reports say that Abdelslam may have escaped in the direction towards Germany in a BMW.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said the fourth and highest level of security threat would remain in place city as the threat of an attack was ‘serious and imminent.’

“What we fear is an attack similar to the one in Paris, with several individuals who could possibly launch several attacks at the same time in multiple locations.” 

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