No explosives or suicide belt found during search
Belgium: Belgian federal prosecutors said that investigators found some weapons at the home of a person charged yesterday with terrorism offences related to last week’s attacks in Paris. The prosecutors’ office said in a statement that neither explosives nor a suicide belt had been found during the search. No following details were given about the retrieved weapons. A judge charged the unidentified person with participating in terrorist attacks and in the activities of a terrorist organisation.
Soldiers patrol a street in Brussels on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Meanwhile, Belgium raised the alert status for its capital, Brussels, to the highest level, shutting the metro and warning the public to avoid crowds because of a “serious and imminent” threat of an attack.
A week after the Paris attacks, of whom one suspect from Brussels is at large and said by authorities to be highly dangerous, the city was placed on the top level “four” in the government’s threat scale after a meeting of top ministers, police and security services. Suspected militant Salah Abdeslam, 26, returned to Brussels from Paris after the attacks, when his elder brother Brahim blew himself up at a cafe.
Russia’s interior minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said he had written to his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve offering to send a puppy named Dobrynya to replace Diesel, a Belgian Shepherd killed in a raid last Wednesday.
Kolokoltsev said that as “a sign of solidarity with the people and police of France,” he was offering the puppy, which “will be able to occupy the place in service of Diesel killed during an operation to neutralise terrorists.”