Brussels cancels New Year's fireworks amid terror threat

Brussels cancels New Year's fireworks amid terror threat

The Mayor of Brussels has called of the city's annual New Year's Eve fireworks display following the threat of a terror attack.

Around 50,000 people were expected to pack out Place de Broukere for the display to see in 2016, Sky New reports.

"Unfortunately we have been forced to cancel the fireworks and all that was planned for [Thursday] evening and that would have brought a lot of people together in the centre of Brussels," Mayor Yvan Mayeur told broadcaster RTBF.

The only festive event which will continue is the traditional Christmas markets.

The announcement comes just days after two men were arrested in Belgium for allegedly plotting a Paris-style attack on New Year's Eve.

They were arrested following raids on Sunday and Monday (local time) in the Brabant region which neighbours Brussels and Liege.

Islamic State propaganda and computer material was found, though no firearms or explosives were uncovered.

Six were initially questioned after the searches, but four were later released.

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