Belgium charges terror suspect, security alert remains high

Belgium charges terror suspect, security alert remains high

Belgian authorities have confirmed one person has been charged with involvement in the deadly Paris terror attacks, while 17 others have been released.

16 people were arrested across 19 raids yesterday, and the Belgium Federal Prosecutors office has confirmed one man has been charged.

“The investigating judge specialised in terrorism cases placed into custody a man arrested during the operations of last night,” the prosecutors office said.

“He is charged with participating in activities of a terrorist group and with a terrorist attack [Paris].”

Another five people have also been arrested following a second round of raids overnight.

It comes as Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has announced this morning, the increase security alerts for Brussels and the rest of country will remain in place, with concerns the threat of a terror attack has not yet passed.

“I can confirm that the threat for an attack in imminent and serious,” he told a press conference.

“We have serious indications that an attack or attacks on different locations at the same time can takeĀ  place, and that’s why we have taken these measures.”

Mr Michel says schools will remain closed today, but may resume tomorrow.

Image: Reuters

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