Belgian government lowers alert level for Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) – Belgian authorities have lowered their threat alert to the second-highest level in the capital, Brussels.

That means the threat assessment now stands at the same level throughout the country, signifying a “possible and likely” threat. Since Saturday morning, Brussels – home to the European Union and NATO headquarters – had been under a warning of a “serious and imminent” threat.

Today’s lowering of the threat level came as a surprise, since the government had said that it would likely keep the highest threat level in the capital through the weekend.

Meanwhile, Belgian authorities have raided three places outside of Brussels that they say are linked to the Paris attacks but have made no arrests.

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