One person was arrested on Thursday evening after five house searches in Molenbeek Saint-Jean. Measures to protect police stations in the commune that were unguarded and easily accessible were taken that evening and remain in place, said mayor Françoise Schepmans. The five house searches at Molenbeek Saint-Jean were done between 6pm and 12.30am by federal police. According to the mayor, there were no incidents. Crowds of onlookers formed around two of the searches, and the local police came as reinforcement to explain the nature of the operation to the people present. Contrary to what is said by certain media, there have been no riots in the commune.
Measures to reinforce security for police buildings in Moleenbeek Saint-Jean have been put in place. They concern the central station in the rue du Facteur and unguarded stations that are easily accessible to the public, which have been shut.
The five house searches in Moleenbeek Saint-Jean were performed as part of a vast anti-terrorist operation in three areas in Belgium. These operations aim to stop jihadists preparing imminent attacks.