Belgium raises threat level for Brussels area

French police officers storm a church after a raid in Paris suburb Saint-Denis, Wednesday, Nov.18, 2015. A woman wearing an explosive suicide vest blew herself up Wednesday as heavily armed police tried to storm a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week's attacks was believed to be holed up, police said. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

BRUSSELS (AP)  — Belgium’s national Crisis Center has raised its terrorism alert to its highest level in the Brussels region.

The Crisis Center announced on its website it had raised the threat level to Level 4, which indicates a “serious and immediate threat.”

The Belgian capital was home to the suspected organizer of the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. It also is the seat of the Belgian federal government and the headquarters of two major international institutions, the European Union and NATO.


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