Schools in Brussels have been ordered to close on Monday as troops took to the streets in an increasingly frantic hunt for Paris attack suspects feared to be on the loose.

Armed police and troops patrolled the near deserted streets of the Belgian capital all weekend and the prime minister ordered the shutdown of the metro system over concerns that jihadists were planning a repeat of last week’s suicide bombings.

Charles Michel, the prime minister, warned the rest of the country would remain on security alert level three, meaning an attack is considered possible and the threat credible.

“What we fear are similar attacks, with several individuals in several places,” he told reporters.

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