Europe is now in a state of high alert following anti-terror raids that resulted in over two dozen arrests.
Police across Britain have been warned that they may be targeted in terror attacks. They have raised the threat level to ‘severe’ fearing attacks similar to the one that was averted in Belgium. Severe is the fourth highest of five alert levels and police chiefs are now considering the more widespread deployment of Taser stun guns as an additional security measure.
Meanwhile Brussels has deployed troops to guard key sites.
Up to 300 troops may be expected in the capital Brussels and in the northern city of Anvers, which has a large Jewish population.
In addition to Jewish neighborhoods the soldiers may be required to protect certain embassies, Defense Minister Steven Vandeput told in an interview with VRT network.
Further deployment in Verviers, where two suspects were killed on Friday in a raid, is under consideration. It is the first time in 30 years that Belgian authorities have used the military to reinforce police in cities.
And in Germany security forces are investigating threats to attack train station in Berlin and Dresden and the weekly anti-immigrant rallies in Dresden, according to Der Spiegel.
“We are taking these threats very seriously,” an unnamed senior security source was quoted by the magazine as saying.
Germany was among the nations, where massive raids on Friday in the wake of the Belgium’s thwarted attack led to arrests. Two males in their early 40s were taken into custody while there others were released after questioning.