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Brussels cancels NYE celebrations as Turkey holds IS 'plotters'

Turkey has been on a high security alert since October, when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of peace activists in AnkaraBrussels cancelled New Year’s Eve celebrations due to terrorism fears as Europe prepared to see in 2016 under tight security, while in Turkey police detained two Islamic State suspects over a plot to attack Ankara. The decision came the day after two people were arrested on suspicion of preparing attacks on “emblematic sites” in Brussels during the celebrations, and after another man was questioned over links to last month’s Paris attacks. Moscow’s Red Square, traditionally a place where people gather to ring in the New Year, will be closed to revellers on December 31 while Vienna has also beefed up security ahead of the celebrations.

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