Brussels entered a third day of lockdown on Monday as the main Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam evaded the Belgian Police who conducted multiple raids across the city on Sunday night.
Police arrested five more people on Monday after detaining at least 16 people on Sunday during a series of anti-terror raids.
Abdeslam, 26, however was not caught in the dragnet, and is believed to have been heading to Germany, as reports said an individual resembling the terror suspect was seen entering the E40 motorway toward Germany in a BMW.
Authorities kept roads blocked and evacuated restaurants in the centre of Brussels as Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel warned of a possible attack 'similar to Paris'.
"What we fear is an attack similar to the one in Paris, with several individuals who could possibly launch several attacks at the same time in multiple locations," the PM said on Sunday, according to Reuters.
On Saturday, Belgium raised Brussel's alert status to the highest level and shut the metro over the imminent threat.
Here are the updates on Monday as Brussels remained on a lockdown:
- Belgium has made five more arrests in its anti-terror raids, AFP reported on Monday.
- Not a usual Monday morning in Brussels.
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- Locals are facing difficulties in moving about Brussels following the lockdown.
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- According to reports, Salah Abdeslam is 'heading for Germany'. An individual who reportedly looked like the suspect was seen entering the E40 motorway toward Germany in a BMW, as per reports.
- Salah Abdeslam's family has called for his surrender, to 'give answers to the families of the victims and the people who are surveying us', his brother told a Belgian radio station.
- The information helpline set up by the government has received over 4,000 calls in two days, local media reported. "We have also received calls from panicking people who just wanted to talk," the crisis centre spokesman told The Brussels Times.
- Schools will remain closed on Monday, while several offices and shops in the Belgian capital will also see few people on the third day of a lockdown.