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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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Belgian PM: Brussels alert status remains at highest level

Brussels alert status "remains at the highest level", Belgium's Prime Minister said on Sunday.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel Credit: RTV

Prime Minister Charles Michel said the alert status for Brussels would remain at level four, and the rest of Belgium would remain at level three, as the country still "fear an attack like in Paris".

He told a press conference:

What we fear is an attack similar to the one in Paris, with several individuals who could also possibly launch several attacks at the same time in multiple locations.

– Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel

Warning that Belgium believed possible targets could be commercial centres, shops and public transport, Michel said the army and police presence across the country would be strengthened.

It was also confirmed that Brussel's metro system and schools would remain shut on Monday in light of the heightened security.

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