Authorities are Warning People to Remain at Home
Belgium local authorities are warning people to take shelter in a place and remain at home after the threat of a terrorist attack in the Brussels area has been deemed serious and imminent.
The U.S. Embassy in Belgium released a statement on their website telling people that if they need to leave their homes, to avoid large crowds. It also advised U.S. citizens to “exercise caution in public transportation systems, sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations.”
Updated information will be provided on the website as it becomes available.
Brussels is houses the headquarters of the U.S. led NATO alliance and contains the offices of numerous American and foreign companies.
UPDATES ON THE PARIS TERRORISM ATTACK
The Paris prosecutor’s office has released seven people detained during the police raid last week linked to the attacks in Paris. Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, the spokeswoman for the prosecutor, says that the eighth individual that was detained still remains in custody.
Suspect Jawad Bendaoud, under French anti-terrorism laws, can be held in custody for up to six days before charges must be laid or he must be released.
In televised remarks, Bendaoud says that during the raid, he let people stay in the apartment as a favor, and claims that he didn’t know whey were terrorists. Among those targeted in the raid was the suspected mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud who was later discovered to have been killed in the raid.
Paris police have extended the bad on demonstrations and other gatherings until November 30, and the country still remains on high alert after the deadly attacks. The ban is being extended because of the current context which includes a nationwide state of emergency that is being extended over three months.
Extra security concerns are also being raised surrounding the arrival of more than 100 heads of state for the United Nations climate conference that starts in a week.
All major concert venues are required to take special security precautions.
A senior government official says Turkish authorities have detained a Belgian national of Moroccan origin who is believed to have been in contact with the Paris attackers. 26-year-old Ahmad Dahmani was detained in a luxury hotel in Antalya with two other suspects. The official said the three, which were suspected Islamic State militants, are remaining in custody following a court appearance.
The official says in an emailed message, according to One News Now, that they believe that Dahmani was in contact with the terrorists who were responsible for the Paris attacks. Dahmani had arrived in Turkey from Amsterdam on November 14th and the three were preparing to cross the Turkish-Syrian border. They were detained on suspicion of Aiding and abetting the Islamic State group. This is still under investigation.
Russia’s interior minister is sending a German shepherd puppy to the French police to honor the police dog shot dead in action during the raid and to express solidarity with France in the aftermath of the attacks.
General Vladimir Kolokoltsevs said in a statement made last Friday that he offered his condolences over the deadly attacks, and he will send a puppy so that it “could replace Diesel”.
The puppy is named Dobrynya after a Russian fairy-tale knight who symbolizes strength, goodness, valor, and unconditional support.
The Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office says that several weapons were discovered during a search of the home of one of the three people arrested in Belgium that were connected with November 14th’s attacks in Paris. In a written statement, the office said that no explosives or suicide bombs had been located. Additional details will not be made public.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, plans to travel to Paris on Monday morning for crisis talks with French President Francois Hollande. Cameron’s office said the two leaders will discuss how to fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
Cameron is expected to seek parliamentary approval for Britain to join in the air campaign against ISIS positions in Syria.