Belgium holds 5 over 'New Year plot', cancels Brussels fireworks

Citing security concerns, authorities cancelled planned New Year's fireworks in Brussels, though crowds turned out nonetheless to take in admire seasonal illuminations and take the air at cafes on the Belgian capital's central squareBelgian police were holding five people early Friday over an alleged New Year plot in Brussels, and also arrested a 10th suspect over last month’s attacks in Paris. Both Brussels and Paris cancelled annual New Year’s Eve fireworks displays as soldiers and police ramped up security in European capitals over perceived terror threats. There were instead plenty of private fireworks displays throughout the Belgian capital at midnight, accompanied by cheers and loud music, but the celebrations were vastly diminished compared to last year’s.

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