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Mar 24, 2016 6:56 PM

Authorities lower alert level one notch in Brussels after attack

The Associated Press

BRUSSELS — Belgium authorities have lowered the terror threat level one notch, but say the situation is "exceptional" and "grave" and that another attack is "likely and possible."

The head of the terror threat assessment authority, Paul Zan Pigchelt, says the imminent nature of the threat has lessened since the attacks on the airport and subway Tuesday.

Nonetheless, he says "the danger has not gone away."

Brussels airport has cancelled flights until at least Monday. The long Easter weekend is one of the busiest in the year with at least some 600 flights for 60,000 passengers a day.

Sunday would be the sixth straight day without flights at the airport and airlines have made alternative plans to keep flight cancellations for their passengers to a minimum.

There's more evidence of a link between the bombings in Brussels this week and the attacks last November in Paris. Prosecutors say a suicide bomber who struck in the Brussels subway station had rented a house that was used as a hideout for the Paris attackers.

Meanwhile, Belgian and French media are reporting that a second attacker may be at large after taking part in the bombing of a subway train in Brussels.


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