Schools and metro reopen in Brussels after four-day security lockdown

Schools and the metro have reopened in Brussels on Wednesday after being shut down for four days in a security lockdown in the Belgian capital.

With troops and armed police patrolling the streets of Brussels, Belgian authorities have charged a fifth person with terror offences relating to the attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital on November 13.

A security alert in the Belgian capital has been extended until Monday.

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Murray arrives in Belgium for Davis Cup amid security fears

Tennis champion Andy Murray has arrived in Belgium as part of the British team competing for the Davis Cup, amid the third day of a security lockdown in the capital Brussels.

The British team delayed its journey for 24 hours amid the terror alert, but is still due to play Belgium in Ghent - about 35 miles from Brussels - on Friday.

Former British number one Tim Henman had planned to attend with his family, but cancelled his trip amid the security concerns.

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Brussels lockdown enters a third day amid 'serious' threat

A lockdown in Brussels amid the threat of an "serious and imminent" attack has entered a third day.

The terror alert was raised to Belgium's highest level on Saturday following "relatively precise" information, the country's prime minister said.

Belgian soldiers patrol outside the European Council headquarters Credit: Reuters

The metro system, schools and other public facilities are closed and the public have been advised to stay in their homes until further notice.

A sign reading 'school closed' is pictured at the entrance of a primary and nursery school. Credit: Reuters

It comes as police continue to hunt for Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the Paris terror attacks, after reports of possible sightings in Belgium.

On Sunday, police arrested 16 people as they raided 19 houses in anti-terror operations in the capital.

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Sixteen people arrested during Brussels raids

Sixteen people have been arrested during raids in Brussels, the federal prosecutor has said.

Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the Paris attacks, was not among those arrested on Sunday.

Two shots were fired on a vehicle in the Molenbeek district during the operation.

"A vehicle ran into the police, after which police fired two shots," Eric Van Der Sypt told a press conference on Sunday night. "The vehicle rushed off but was intercepted later in Brussels. The driver, a man who was hurt, was arrested."

In total, 19 houses were searched across Greater Brussels, as well as three in Charleroi, but no firearms or explosives were found.

Brussels on lockdown amid threat of terror attack

The Belgian capital is in lockdown after warnings of an "imminent" terror attack.

A number of police operations have been taking place across Brussels, although the situation is far from clear.

ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy reports on the latest developments.

Belgium police call for 'radio silence' amid operation

Police in Belgium have called for a 'radio silence' on social media of details surrounding an ongoing operation in Brussels.

A number of streets have been cordoned off and armed officers seen on the ground, with residents inside the cordon urged to stay away from windows.

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