Brussels has shut down its Metro train service and has warned its citizens to avoid mass gatherings as it has received very specific and credible evidence that ISIS is planning a Paris-style attack in the capital city of Belgium. The Prime minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, has confirmed that his country has received very specific and precise intelligence that the attack is imminent. Police and Soldiers are guarding the streets of Belgium as the government has raised the terror alert to its highest classification.
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Brussels is considered a prime target for ISIS after they launched dozens of raids and arrested several suspected terrorists immediately after the attacks in Paris. Brussels has a rather large Muslim population, with many radicals living in the Muslim enclave of Molenbeek, where dangerous chemicals were found during one of their raids.
Belgian authorities have not warned of a chemical attack but since they did find them, it has to be a strong possibility, although it is believed the chemicals were to be used in France after hazard suits were stolen from Necker hospital in Paris. Twelve protective suits and thirty pairs of special boots used for protection from chemicals as well as gloves and anti-bacterial masks. Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Saleh Abdeslam, two of the Paris assailants spent time in the Molenbeek section of Brussels.
Belgian authorities have arrested three terrorists whom they claim were directly involved in the Paris attack.
The Belgian, Ahmet Dahmani, was arrested at a luxury hotel in the southern coastal city of Antalya. Dogan said the 26-year-old had been staying in a five-star hotel in the popular tourist destination since November 16.
Local media said the two other men, both Syrian citizens, were detained on a nearby highway on suspicion they had been sent by Islamic State in Syria to ensure Dahmani’s safe passage across the border and were planning to meet him.
The two men have reportedly been identified as 29-year-old Ahmet Tahir and 23-year-old Muhammed Verdi.
Counter-terrorism police first became aware of Dahmani when he arrived on a flight to Antalya and tracked him to the hotel in the Manavgat district of the city.
Separately, Turkey deported a group of Moroccans detained at Istanbul’s main airport this week over suspected links to Islamic State.
The eight, who said they had arrived at Ataturk airport on Tuesday night from Casablanca for a holiday, were detained by border police and questioned by profiling experts who flagged them as suspected militants, a government official said.
Belgians do have one huge advantage. Obama is not their president.
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