Brussels lockdown: Belgian police arrest 16 in anti-terror raids #Beekhaybee

Belgian police have made 16 arrests 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.
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.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron is in Paris for talks with
French President Francois Hollande , where he said the two
leaders had agreed to step up co-operation on countering
international terrorism, including increased data-sharing
and sharing of airline records.
“I firmly support the decisive action taken by President
Hollande to strike Isil in Syria, it is my firm belief that we
should do so too,” Mr Cameron said in a statement.
Mr Hollande said France planned to intensify its air strikes
on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria.
“We will intensify our strikes, choosing targets that will do
the most damage possible to this army of terrorists,” Mr
Hollande said.
The French president kicks off a week of diplomatic efforts
to rally support to crush the group: after meeting Mr
Cameron on Monday, he will meet US President Barack
Obama on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on
Wednesday and Russian President Vladimir Putin on
Thursday.
Earlier, Mr Hollande and Mr Cameron visited the Bataclan
concert hall, where at least 89 people were killed.
The French government says the aircraft carrier, Charles de
Gaulle, will be operational in the Mediterranean on Monday
and ready to act against IS militants in Syria.
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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, the BBC understands 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.
The BBC’s Ed Thomas has matched the image released by
French police with a photo on the arrival papers of a man
who reached the Greek island of Leros on 3 October.
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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