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Maximum Security Alert Leaves Brussels at a Standstill

Brussels entered its third day on maximum security alert on Monday, while schools, businesses and transportation services remained closed and security forces patrolled the streets.

. Soldiers patrolled the streets of Brussels on the third day of a security lockdown as authorities continued their hunt for suspected Islamist militant, Salah Abdeslam, who has been on the run since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

Soldiers patrolled the streets of Brussels and police detained five more people on the third day of a security lockdown on Monday, as Belgium hunted a suspected Islamist militant, Salah Abdeslam, who has been on the run since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

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. A person films a closed entrance of the Shuman Railways Station on Nov. 21.

The metro, museums, most cinemas and many shops will stay closed on Monday in the usually bustling EU capital where many people opted to work from home. School and university classes were also cancelled for almost 300,000 students.

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. A Police officer and soldiers stand guard in the 'Rue des Bouchers' street, famous for it's restaurants, on Nov. 22.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said the city of 1.2 million will remain on Belgium's fourth and highest level of security threat, meaning the threat of an attack was "serious and imminent".

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. A soldier patrols around a security perimeter while tourists take a photo with the Manneken Pis statue on Nov. 22.

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. People walk past shuttered store fronts in Brussels' main shopping district on Nov. 23.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon told RTL radio, however, that Belgium's capital was still operating. "Apart from the closed metro and schools, life goes on in Brussels, the public sector is open for business today, many companies are open," Jambon said on Monday morning.

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. A cafe remains empty on Nov. 23.

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. Troops stand guard on Nov. 23.

Belgium has been at the heart of investigations into the Paris attacks after French law enforcement bodies said two of the suicide bombers had lived there. Three people have been charged in Belgium with terrorist offences, including two who traveled back with Abdeslam from Brussels.

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. A woman walks past the closed entrance to the metro station "porte de namur" on Nov. 23.

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. Soldiers stand guard in front of the central train station on Nov. 22.

It was not immediately clear how long Brussels would remain on lockdown as authorities continued to search for Abdeslam.

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