Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch “terrorist attacks on a grand scale”.
Coming a week after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris, the incident fuelled fears across Europe of young Muslims returning radicalized from Syria.
A third man was detained in the eastern city of Verviers, where police commandos ran into a hail of gunfire after trying to gain entry to an apartment above a town center bakery.
Due to increased threats of terror, many Jewish schools in Brussels and Antwerp, have decided to cancel classes on Friday.
Based on an internal security analysis in the Jewish communities of possible threats, officials have decided to close the schools.
Isi Morsel, head of the largest Jewish school Yesode Hatorah stated, “We were informed that we are a potential target and therefore take no chances.”
Across Europe, anxiety has grown as the manhunt continues for potential accomplices of the three Paris terrorists, all of whom were shot dead by French police. Authorities in Belgium signaled they were ready for more trouble by raising the national terror alert level from 2 to 3, the second-highest level.