23 Nov 2015

Sixteen arrested in Brussels anti-terror raids

1:46 pm on 23 November 2015

Belgian police have made 16 arrests in anti-terror raids but fugitive Salah Abdeslam remains at large, authorities say.

At least 22 raids were carried out in Brussels and Charleroi, Belgian federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference.

No weapons or explosives were found during the searches.

Two shots were fired during an operation in Molenbeek, he said.

Brussels will remain on the highest level of terror alert following the attacks in Paris, Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Sunday.

Universities, schools and the metro system will also remain shut, Mr Michel said.

Salah Abdeslam is suspected of being among the assailants who killed about 130 people in Paris on Friday 13 November.

French national Salah Abdeslam is suspected of being among the assailants who killed about 130 people in Paris. Photo: AFP

Brussels has been on lockdown all weekend amid a manhunt for Abdeslam, who is suspected of being among the assailants who killed about 130 people in Paris on Friday 13 November.

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, whom they say was the third suicide bomber to strike the Stade de France on 13 November.

- BBC

Soldiers stand guard in front of the central train station on November 22, 2015 in Brussels, as the Belgian capital remained on the highest security alert level over fears of a Paris-style attack.

Soldiers stand guard in front of Brussels' central train station on Sunday. Photo: AFP

People light candles at a makeshift memorial in front of Le Carillon restaurant, one of the site of the attacks in Paris.

People light candles at a makeshift memorial in front of Le Carillon, one of the sites of the attacks in Paris. Photo: AFP

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