Belgium kept its terror threat unchanged at Level 3, the second-highest level, as Prime Minister Charles Michel warned that the risk of attacks remains following the capture of suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam.
“We are totally convinced that the fight is not over, the fight for security, the fight against the various forms of extremism, the fight against terrorism,” he told reporters in Brussels the day after Abdeslam was captured in the Molenbeek district of the Belgian capital.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders told BFM TV that Belgium would respond as quickly as possible to France’s bid to extradite Abdeslam.
“We will make sure to meet this demand as favorably as possible under international agreements,” he said. Abdeslam should be in Paris “in the coming weeks.”
Abdeslam will appear before a Belgian investigating judge at 12:30 p.m. local time, the TV channel reported. He will then be held in a high-security prison in Bruges, broadcaster RTL said.