A little over a week after the ISIS-led terrorist attack in Paris, Belgium has issued the highest terror alert for Brussels, with authorities warning citizens to avoid public places where large crowds gather (via CNN):
Belgium has placed Brussels at the highest terror alert level, citing a "serious and imminent threat that requires taking specific security measures as well as specific recommendations for the population."
The announcement by the Crisis Centre of the Belgian Interior Ministry is advising the public to avoid places where large groups gather -- such as concerts, sporting events, airports and train stations -- and comply with security checks. The rest of the nation will maintain its current terror level.
If people take the terror alert seriously, Brussels will be "shut down tomorrow," CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said.
Prayers for Belgium.