Brussels faces week on lockdown as hunt for terrorist cell intensifies


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Belgian armed police have mounted raids across the country, arresting at least six suspects after the prime minister announced another day of lockdown in the capital for fear a new, Paris-style mass attack may be imminent.

Armed police mounted searches in several parts of the capital on Sunday evening and cordoned off areas close to the main tourist attraction, the Renaissance Grand Place, around the town hall. The public broadcaster said there were also raids near Liege in the east and Charleroi, south of Brussels. Helicopters could be heard flying over the capital. Police evacuated restaurants in the centre, blocked off roads and issued requests to residents to stay away from windows.

Shortly before midnight, the public broadcaster, announcing at least six arrests, said the operations had concluded.

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