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Summary

  1. Belgian police arrest 16 in raids after Paris attacks
  2. Suspected Paris gunman Salah Abdeslam is still at large
  3. Brussels begins another day of lockdown on highest level of alert
  4. UK Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in Paris for talks on the fight against IS
  5. French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle arrives in eastern Mediterranean
  6. All times GMT

Live Reporting

By Joel Gunter and Mario Cacciottolo

All times stated are UK

We are going to close our live coverage for the night. You can continue to follow developments via our main story here:

Belgian police arrest 16 in anti-terror raids

Did Salah slip the net again?

Salah Abdeslam
Police handout

Several Belgian media outlets are carrying reports that Salah Abdeslam, the suspected Paris gunman on the run from police, was spotted by police in Liege on Sunday but escaped in a black BMW.

The reports said Abdeslam headed in the direction of Germany on the E40 motorway and managed to avoid a police checkpoint.

Belgian authorities have not confirmed the reports, saying only that the fugitive was not among those arrested on Sunday and remains at large.

But if Abdeslam did escape police in Liege, it will be the second time he has slipped the net. He and two others were stopped at a French roadblock on the morning after the attacks, near the Belgian border, but were allowed to proceed by officers unaware of Abdeslam's alleged involvement in the attacks.

Belgian police thank social media users

Eric van der Sypt
BBC

Belgian prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt thanked social media users for heeding a police request not to share information about ongoing anti-terror operations, to avoid tipping off suspects.

When police issued the request on Sunday, social media users responded in style by tweeting thousands of cat pictures instead, flooding the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag.

Speaking at a press conference earlier, Mr Van Der Sypt said police "want to thank the press and social media users because they took the need of this operation into account".

Buzzfeed has compiled some of the best of the cat tweets here.

Images show special forces operation in Molenbeek

Special forces at work on Sunday in the Molenbeek district of Brussels, where the Paris attacks are thought to have been planned.

Belgian special police forces take part in an operation in the neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels, Belgium, November 22, 2015
Reuters

Injured person's link to Paris 'unclear'

Eric van der Sypt, of the Belgian Prosecutor's Office, said it was not immediately clear if the person injured in a car which drove at police in Sint Jans Molenbeek was linked to the Paris attacks.

Police fired at the car during the incident, and it was eventually stopped in the centre of Brussels.

Tonight's main developments

  • Belgian police carred out 22 anti-terror raids - 19 raids in the Brussels area and three more in Charleroi
  • 16 people were arrested - none were named by police
  • Salah Abdeslam, suspected Paris assailant, remains at large - unconfirmed Belgian media reports said he was spotted by police in Liege but managed to escape in a BMW
  • No weapons or explosives were found during the raids
  • Police fired two shots at a car that approached a roadblock during an operation in the Molenbeek district of Brussels - the wounded driver was later arrested
  • Brussels remains on the highest state of alert
  • A judge will decide tomorrow whether those arrested will be kept in custody.

Judge to rule tomorrow on detaining suspects

Belgium's federal state prosecutor, Frederic Van Leeuw, says the investigating judge will decide on Monday about the possible further detention of those arrested this evening.

Shots fired

Belgium's federal state prosecutor, Eric Van Der Sypt, told the news conference that two shots were fired when a vehicle ran into police who were searching a snack bar in Sint Jans Molenbeek.

No weapons or explosives found - magistrate

No weapons or explosives were found during the searches in Brussels and Charleroi on Sunday, Mr Van der Sypt said.

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BreakingBelgian police arrest 16, Salah Abdeslam still at large

Belgian police made 16 arrests in anti-terror raids on Sunday but top fugitive Salah Abdeslam remains at large, Belgian federal magistrate Erik has just confirmed in a press conference.

Nineteen searches were carried out in the Brussels region and three others in Charleroi, Mr Van der Sypt said. Two shots were fired during an operation in Molenbeek.

The press pack waiting for the Belgian prosecutor.

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Prosecutor to speak

Journalist have gathered in Brussels, where it it is now past midnight, for a news conference to be given by the Belgian federal prosecutor.

Arrested in Brussels

Police with a detainee this evening in Brussels.

Police with a detainee in Brussels, 22 November
Reuters

Top fugitive sighted on motorway?

According to one Belgian paper, police may have spotted top fugitive Salah Abdeslam in a BMW near the Belgian town of Liege, driving in the direction of Germany, but failed to stop him. "If it was indeed Salah", La Libre adds.

Breaking'Six arrests in Brussels'

Six anti-terror arrests were made this evening in central Brussels, Belgian newspapers report, quoting unofficial sources. One of those detained on Rue du Midi, close to the Grand Place, was injured.    

Brussels recap

The city's maximum state of alert has been extended amid a continuing terror alert connected to the deadly Paris attacks of 13 November. Prime Minister Charles Michel said schools, universities and the capital's metro would remain closed on Monday. 

The threat level remains high in the rest of Belgium. Mr Michel said police and army units would be further strengthened in Brussels. The maximum alert was introduced on Saturday, leading to the closure of many shops, cafes, and public buildings. 

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels, 22 November
AP
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel speaking in Brussels

Police press conference expected

Brussels police will give details of their operations in the city later this evening, local media report.

'Searches over in Brussels'

Searches being conducted in Brussels are over - AFP news agency, quoting unnamed source close to the Belgian authorities.

Commission and Nato to open for business

Brussels is the seat of both the European Commission and Nato, of course. Both say they will be open for business on Monday.    

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Security measures at Davis Cup tie

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller says there will be tight security at the Davis Cup tennis match between Belgium and the UK, to be played in Ghent on 27-29 November.

British Davis Cup team will fly to Belgium tomorrow morning. Event organisers say they have "not yet had a signal it's not safe" to play

Dogs and explosive experts will be patrolling the Flanders Expo and all bags will have to be left in lockers outside the venue

Tweeters help police with cat photos

Belgians have posted pictures and videos of cats using the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown in an attempt to bury tweets about police anti-terror operations in the city.

It follows a police request for journalists to stop tweeting operational details.

Police request no tweets informations on the current operation then, we tweeting cat pictures. Love this country ❤❤ #BrusselsLockdown

Residents told to stay away from windows. Not sure they got the message #BrusselsLockdown

Residents told to stay away from windows. Not sure they got the message #BrusselsLockdown

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To all the special forces & police watching over us… #BrusselsLockdown

To all the special forces & police watching over us… #BrusselsLockdown

Pictures: commandos in Molenbeek

Away from the city centre, heavily armed police commandos have carried out an operation in the suburb of Molenbeek, where some of the Paris attackers lived.

Belgian security forces during a police operation in Molenbeek
EPA
Belgian security forces during a police operation in Molenbeek
EPA

'The life of my city has stopped'

Belgian opposition MP George Dallemagne, who represents the Brussels area, has explained to the BBC why he supports the government's decision to maintain the highest state of alert in the city. 

The threat is still very high and the risk is still very important. So I think yes, of course, we don't have to take any risk, especially for the kids, because the schools will be closed tomorrow, which is really very, very exceptional. It's unseen since World War Two.

So it's really historical. I've never seen my city like that. And it's amazing to see that the capital of Europe can be blocked and that all the life can be stopped by a few individuals.

Pictures: police on Brussels streets

Armed officers and soldiers have been conducting several operations in Brussels this evening in response to the threat of an attack, a police spokesman told AFP.

Belgian police officers search the area during a continued high level of security
Reuters
An armed female Belgian police officer during a continued high level of security
Reuters
A Belgian soldier patriols past Brussels" famous Manneken-Pis statue as police search the area during a continued high level of security
Reuters

Killed at the Bataclan

An undated photo provided by Joseph Anticevic shows his wife Armelle Pumir Anticevic aboard one of his cruise boats, named after her. The 46-year-old mother of two children, aged 9 and 11, died at the rock concert in the Bataclan theatre in Paris. She and her husband had gone there to celebrate. He survived. 

Paris Attacks victim Armelle Pumir Anticevic (undated family photo)
AP

European Council cancels non-essential meetings

The European Council has increased its alert state to orange and has cancelled most non-essential meetings scheduled for Monday.

In a statement, it said:

As a result of the increase in alert state, the Presidency of the Council, in consultation with the GSC, has decided to cancel the majority of non-essential meetings scheduled to take place tomorrow in the council building.

However the EYCS Council, the Eurogroup, and a limited number of senior officials meetings will take place as planned.

Pictures: Soldiers stand guard in Brussels

A Belgian soldier stands guard over the Grand Place of Brussels as police searched the area
Reuters
A soldier stands guard over the Grand Place in Brussels, where a police operation is under way, according to local reports
A Belgian policeman stands guard over the Grand Place in Brussels as police searched the area
Reuters
Armed policemen are also at the Grand Place in Brussels
A Belgian soldier stands guard outside a cafe near Brussels' Grand Place
Reuters
Another soldier patrols the area outside a cafe near the Grand Place

Police activity in central Brussels

People in Brussels are tweeting about an ongoing police operation in the city centre.

Le Soir newspaper has a photo of a bus being used to block a street.

Some people say they have been escorted out of restaurants and there are reports of a threat to police stations.

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'Trying to stay positive' in Brussels

Mary Katharine Phillips, an American student in Brussels, says all her classes at university on Monday have been cancelled.

She told the BBC:

I'm trying not to be scared, but of course it's very hard. Everyone is really giving in to the hype. I'm American and the American embassy is constantly updating us so it's hard not to be afraid.

It's very hard not to think about but I'm trying to stay positive. It's been shocking - over a week and we still don't know what's going on, who to be afraid of exactly, what the situation is.

Eurostar lets Brussels passengers postpone trip

Eurostar tweets that passengers who are booked to travel to Brussels on Monday can postpone their trip for free because of heightened security.

The train company says it will run a full service tomorrow.

UPDATE: due to heightened security, those booked for Brussels on 23rd Nov can postpone within 60 days free-of-charge spr.ly/6012BRgh6

City of romance

State of emergency notwithstanding, life in Paris is returning to a semblance of normality nine days after the attacks. Here a newly wed couple pose for photos on the Place de la Concorde.

A married couple poses for pictures on the Place de la Concorde next to the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, 22 November
AP

BreakingBBC sees bomber's papers

The BBC understands that the picture released today of the third suicide bomber outside the Stade de France is a man known as M al Mahmod. He entered the Greek island of Leros on 3 October with another attacker called Ahmad al Mohammad. 

The BBC's Ed Thomas looked at the arrival papers of a man called M al Mahmod in Leros. The photograph in those papers looked identical to the picture released by French investigators today. Al Mahmod bought ferry tickets with al Mohammad to leave Leros and journey through Europe with Syrian refugees. 

Police photo of third suicide bomber in Stade de France attacks
BBC

Protective clothing 'stolen' in Paris

French police are investigating the recent theft of medical protective clothing from a hospital in Paris, the Paris public hospital administrator says - Reuters. 

The disappearance of a "limited number" of "protective clothing elements" from the Necker hospital was discovered on Wednesday, the administrator is quoted as saying.  

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after the Paris attacks that France faced the risk of chemical or bacterial warfare in its fight against Islamist militants. 

Police operation under way

A police operation is under way near the Grand Place in Brussels, the broadcaster RTL tweets.

Police are telling people to keep away from windows, it says.

Opération en cours près de la Grande-Place de Bruxelles: la police demande aux habitants de s'écarter des fenêtres rtl.be/info/regions/b…

Paris bomber 'was in Greece'

A little more on that French police appeal for information about the "third suicide bomber" at the Stade de France. While his identity remains unknown, police believe he was registered as a migrant on the Greek island of Leros on 3 October, along with a fellow bomber, who has also still to be identified.

Aboard the Charles de Gaulle

The flagship of the French navy, the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, is in the eastern Mediterranean, ready to begin air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria from Monday. An AFP news agency team on board took these photos today.     

A French Rafale jet fighter is catapulted off the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, 22 November
AFP
A Rafale jet fighter is catapulted off the deck
Super Etendard jet fighters on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, 22 November
AFP
The ship also carries Super Etendard jet fighters
A Super Etendard jet fighter on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, 22 November
AFP
The carrier jets will reinforce French planes based in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan
The Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, 22 November
AFP
The Charles de Gaulle (pictured here) will also fill a gap left by a US aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which recently returned to America