Brussels cancels New Year’s fireworks over terror threat
BRUSSELS — The New Year’s Eve fireworks display is being canceled in Belgium’s capital due to threats of an extremist attack.
Yvan Mayeur, the Belgian capital’s mayor, said the decision was taken Wednesday evening after consultation with government officials.
“We are forced to cancel considering the risk analysis done by the Crisis Center,” he told the French-language RTBF network.
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Last Dec. 31, Mayeur said, 100,000 people turned out in the Belgian capital to ring in the new year.
“In these circumstances, we can’t check everyone,” Mayeur said.
Brussels was home to four of the radical Islamic attackers who killed 130 people in Paris Nov. 13. The week, Belgian authorities arrested two people in connection with another suspected plot to attack police, soldiers and popular Brussels sites during the holidays.
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