Brussels schools and metro system reopen after lockdown

Schools and most of the Brussels metro system have reopened after four days of lockdown.

The Belgian capital is starting to return to normal but troops on the street are a reminder that the city is still on alert.

The city’s schools were protected by 300 additional officers, some of whom were standing guard outside school gates as parents dropped their children off.


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Around half the city’s metro stations were open, notably in the centre, with some 200 soldiers assigned to protect them.

Authorities are continuing to hunt for a local man who is the chief suspect in the November 13 Paris terror attacks.

Salah Abdeslam, 26, is on the run, suspected of being the eighth person Islamic State said took part in the attacks on Paris that killed 130 people.

The Belgian government says he may be armed and dangerous and could be plotting further attacks.

More than two dozen people have been detained in Brussels since November 13, though all have been released except five. They have been charged with terrorist offences, including three who drove Abdeslam in their cars after the attacks in Paris.

Authorities say they still remain fearful of up to 10 others who they believe could be planning a terrorist attack in the city.

 

 

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