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Brussels cancels New Year’s Eve fireworks over fears of terror attack

Cancellation announced after authorities arrest two men suspected of involvement in a plot to target Belgian capital during the holidays

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Police conduct new searches linked to Paris terrorist attacks in Molenbeek, Brussels, today  Photo: AFP

The New Year’s Eve fireworks display and other public celebrations inBrussels have been cancelled amid fears of a terror attack, the authorities announced on Wednesday.

Yvan Mayeur, the mayor of Brussels, said the decision was taken after talks with government officials.

“We are forced to cancel in view of the risk analysis done by the Crisis Centre,” he told RTBF television.

Soldiers stand guard on Brussels’ Grand Place today

Mr Mayeur said 100,000 people had attended last year’s celebrations and it would be impossible for police to check everyone if a similar number turned out this year.

“In these circumstances, we can’t check everyone,” he said.

The announcement followed the arrests of two men earlier this week suspected of involvement in a plot to target Brussels landmarks, police headquarters and other sites during the holidays. Another person was detained for questioning on Wednesday as police searched an address in the Molenbeek suburb of the city.

Children skate in central Brussels today

Four of the Paris attackers who slaughtered 130 people in the French capital last month had lived in Brussels. The city went into lockdown for two days in the aftermath of the Paris attacks to foil what the authorities said was a planned attack in the Belgian capital.


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