Tension is still high in Brussels where the police carried out several operations on the outskirts of the city. On Saturday night, the forces of law and order blocked access to Grand Place, the central square of the city, for almost an hour, with a substantial deployment of men and means. Currently, many users are posting photos on social networks that show Brussels armored, with the forces of law and order patrolling the most important places.
After the security council convened in the capital on Sunday, the premier Charles Michel explained that the threat of attacks remains “serious and imminent. We hope to get a new assessment of the alarm level to go back as quickly as possible to a regular life”. In the meantime, schools and the underground are closed, and the European institutions have decided to cancel all “non-essential” meetings. Only the most important ones will take place, i.e., the Councils of Ministers (Education and Eurogroup).
“We ask everyone to keep calm and follow strictly the instructions of the forces of order”. This is the tweet message launched in all national languages from the Crisis Center of Belgium. Besides, the authorities asked the media – and all the citizens – not to disclose information about the operations of the forces of order, communicating that a press conference will be held at the end of them. At the Charleroi airport was set off a level 3 alarm as well, but currently, the crisis center of the country has announced that the airport will remain operational and no inconvenience will be caused to the flights.
Police asked the media not to communicate information about the places where operations are taking place, and the main Belgian media reported that they will respect the request. Users on social networks received the same request.
In the meantime continues the manhunt. The authorities believe that Salah Abdeslam, one of the terrorists involved in the 13 November attacks in Paris, is hiding in the Belgian capital, from where he seems to have called some friends in search of help, so as to be able to flee and reach Syria. But not even the Middle Eastern country seems to be an completely safe place for the sought-after terrorist. In fact, according to some sources, ISIS is looking for Salah in order to punish him for not having blown himself up in Paris.
The terrorist who is being sought after because of Paris massacres on 13 November seems to have contacted also a third person on Skype from a mobile phone. Salah’s brother, Mohamed, said to be sure that Abdeslam was not far away from the Belgian capital and asked the brother to “surrender and turn himself in to justice, and answer all the questions”. Mohamed and his family believe that Salah has been manipulated. “We do not know by whom – the brother of the sought-after terrorist concluded – and this is precisely why we want him to surrender and answer all the questions”.