23/11/2015 10:28 GMT | Updated 24/11/2015 05:59 GMT

Brussels Lockdown Photos Show City In Surreal Light As Armed Troops Patrol Empty Streets

A military-enforced lockdown in the Belgian capital Brussels has provoked scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood disaster movie as heavily-armed troops guard the city's prestigious institutions.

While the city endures a fourth day of disruption, schools and the underground network remain closed and more than 1,000 security personnel have been deployed.

Streets lie empty, soldiers roam purposefully, and citizens are advised to remain vigilant as the "imminent" terror threat continues.


Soldiers stand guard in the city on Monday night

On Monday, Belgian police launched more raids in Brussels and beyond, detaining five more people as they continued their hunt for a fugitive suspect in the Paris attacks.

The raids began late on Sunday, capping a tense weekend that saw hundreds of troops patrolling and authorities hunting for one or more suspected extremists including Salah Abdeslam, a fugitive since being named a suspect in the Paris attacks. Between Sunday night and midday Monday, 21 people were detained.

Police fired two shots at a car that approached them as they searched a snack bar in Molenbeek, Van Der Sypt said. The vehicle escaped but was stopped later in Brussels, and a wounded person inside was arrested. It was not immediately known if the person was linked to the investigation into the Paris attacks


A soldier takes his position at the hospital Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc on Tuesday morning

Several of the Paris attackers had lived in Brussels, including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the plot's ringleader who was killed Wednesday in a standoff with French police.

One event set to go ahead in Belgium is the Davis Cup tennis final in Ghent, about 35 miles from Brussels. Belgium host the Andy Murray-led British team in the three-day final, beginning on Friday.

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