A street cleaner in a Paris suburb found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks on Monday near the place where a suspect’s mobile phone had been found, raising the possibility that he aborted his mission, either ditching a malfunctioning vest—or fleeing in fear.
The discovery of the vest came as Belgium’s Prime Minister cited a “serious and imminent” threat justifying keeping the highest alert level operational for at least another week.
A manhunt is underway for fugitive suspect Salah Abdeslam.
French authorities also questioned top suspect Jawad Bendaoud linked to attackers.
Bendaoud, who handed over to an anti-terrorism judge in Paris on Tuesday, had acknowledged in a television interview that he had given shelter to two people from Belgium but “didn’t know they were terrorists”.
France’s security chiefs also held a meeting over the safety of next year’s European football championships. Concerns are high because one of the targets of the November 13 attacks was the country’s national stadium.
US issues travel alert
The United States issued a worldwide travel alert for its citizens, warning of “increased terrorist threats” in the wake of the Paris attacks and subsequent raids across Europe.
“Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Daesh), al Qaeda, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” said a state department travel advisory.
The state department often issues individual country travel alerts, but this notice was a rare “worldwide alert”.