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Police in Belgium say they have arrested people suspected of planning attacks in Brussels on New Year's Eve. Police initially made six but released four without charge. Investigators found clothing and Islamic State propaganda in the houses, but no or explosives. They issued a statement, saying: "Our investigation revealed threats of an attack on symbolic in Brussels during the celebrations for New Year's Eve." The two suspects were arrested following searches Sunday and Monday in Brussels and across Belgium. The police did not say the suspects were male or female, nor if they were looking for other .

The arrests are not linked to the November Paris attacks in 130 people were killed. Brussels has been on alert since those attacks, with intelligence suggesting an attack of some kind was coming. In the of the Paris attacks, schools, universities and the Metro were shut down in Brussels for days in November. The city was put on the highest state of as authorities warned of a "serious and imminent" terror threat. Brussels has also been at the of investigations into the Paris attacks it emerged that two of the Paris suicide bombers had lived in Belgium. Other European cities are also on alert and police have warned citizens to be .

 
 

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