Brussels shopping center closed off for security operation

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have closed off a major shopping center in the center of Brussels following a pre-dawn alert about a suspicious package.

Prime Minister Charles Michel changed his morning program and a meeting of the crisis center was called.

Police in hoods and military wearing helmets were seen patrolling around at least one major entry to the City 2 shopping center. Police cars were on the scene and the demining squad was also called in. Some entries to the subway station were also blocked.

City 2 spokeswoman Veronique Pirson said police said “a package had been found right next to City 2.”

Belgium has been living under a threat level which says an attack is possible and likely since the November attacks in Paris, some of whose perpetrators were either Belgian nationals or had lived in Brussels. On March 22, attacks on the Brussels subway and airport killed 32.

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