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French police examine suicide vest found in Paris bin

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel announces at a press conference on Monday 23 November, 2015 that Brussels is to remain on maximum security alert.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel announces at a press conference on Monday 23 November, 2015 that Brussels is to remain on maximum security alert. AFP

French police are examining a suicide bomb belt dumped on a Paris street found by a street cleaner, 11 days after the terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in the capital.

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  • The explosive vest contains the same materials as those used in the Paris attacks, and was found in a dustbin in the southern Parisian suburb of Montrouge where prime suspect Saleh Abdeslam is known to have been on the night of the terrorist attacks, November 13.
  • Belgium announced that a total of 21 people have been arrested in raids that began on Sunday as part of an unprecidented manhunt for Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam, who is still at large. Among the suspects, one man has been charged with terrorism offenses linked with the Paris attacks, 15 have been released, and three have had their custody prolonged.
  • Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said that the terror alert in Brussels will stay at the highest level due to the “imminent” threat of attack and that the metro and schools will remain closed until Wednesday.
  • As millions of Americans prepare to travel for the US Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, the US said said citizens should be vigilant due to "increased terrorist threats".
  • UK Prime Minister David Cameron offered France the use of a British airbase in Cyprus as he voiced his support for French strikes against the IS group in Iraq and Syria.
  • Data released on Monday showed that new flight bookings to Paris, one of the world’s most visited cities, fell by over a quarter in the week after the November 13 attacks.

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