Prime minister Charles Michel has just announced that Belgium will keep the highest threat level for Brussels on Monday and will keep the metro as well as schools closed because of a “serious and imminent” threat of coordinated, multiple attacks, according to Reuters.
In other words, Belgium remains in lockdown — since Saturday.
For the rest of the country, a threat level of three on a four tier scale would remain in place.
Earlier today the BBC reported Belgium’s police forces are looking for several terror suspects, including Salah Abdeslam, 26, a French national who lived in Brussels and is believed to be armed and dangerous.
“Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the current threat was greater than that posed by Salah Abdeslam, wanted for the Paris attacks.
Jambon said the “terror threat in Belgium would not be over once Salah Abdeslam is out of harm’s way”.
“The threat is broader than the one suspected terrorist,” he told Flemish broadcaster VRT.”
Indeed it is. And it’s not clear we even know where to look. According to the Dallas Morning News, in Paris, “police said Saturday that the DNA of the man who blew himself up Wednesday in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis during a predawn raid — which killed suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud — matched no known convicted or suspected criminal in the country’s fingerprint and identification database.”
We don’t even know whom we shouldn’t be letting in.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]