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Brussels remains on high alert amid fears of Paris-style attack

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By Euronews
Brussels remains on high alert amid fears of Paris-style attack

<p>Brussels remains on the highest level of alert, amid fears that the horror of what happened in Paris could be repeated in the Belgian capital.</p> <p>Soldiers are out in force on the streets and the city’s metro system will stay shut until at least Sunday afternoon. </p> <p>Salah Abdeslam, whose brother blew himself up in Paris, remains at large. He made it back home to Brussels the day after the attacks, despite being stopped by police en-route. </p> <p>Hamza Attou was reportedly with him at the time and was later arrested. His lawyer has said that Salah was possibly carrying explosives and was ready to blow himself up. </p> <p>People in Brussels are being advised to avoid crowded areas. Shops and restaurants have been closing early and events are being cancelled. </p> <p>“It’s good, it’s for the security of citizens. Especially considering the threat, which is real. It’s a good thing,” said one man in Brussels. </p> <p>Another added: “We’re doing the terrorists a favour. It’s like ‘look, everybody is at home, the shops are closed.’ No, we have to go on living.”</p> <p>The Paris attacks are said to have been masterminded in Brussels. A city now at the heart of investigations and a city also now facing a terror threat of its own.</p>