Brussels threat level reduced

Brussels threat level reduced

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Belgian authorities yesterday reduced the threat level in Brussels from its highest level of four to three.

The city was locked down for nearly a week, with schools, universities, and the metro system closed and soldiers deployed on the streets.

The alert was raised after fears of an attack similar to that in Paris recently in which 130 people were killed and more than 360 wounded.

Belgian prime minister, Charles Michel, stressed that the threat of an attack in Brussels remained "real" and "serious", but said the "imminent nature" of the threat was "no longer present".

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a revised travel advisory that the same “possible and real threat” level now applied to the whole of Belgium and urged UK travellers to remain alert and vigilant.

Police in Belgium have mounted a number of raids and searches over the past two weeks and have charged five people with terror-related offences.

Flight bookings to Brussels deteriorated by 159% following the Paris terrorist attacks and subsequent security lockdown in the Belgian capital.

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