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Brussels shopping center closed off for security operation

  • Belgian soldiers gather near a blocked off area in downtown Brussels Tuesday June 21, 2016 after Belgian authorities took a man into custody following a pre-dawn security alert at a major shopping center. The security operation followed an alert about a suspicious package. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Belgian soldiers gather near a blocked off area in downtown Brussels Tuesday June 21, 2016 after Belgian authorities took a man into custody following a pre-dawn security alert at a major shopping center. The security operation followed an alert about a suspicious package. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • This image taken from video shows the scene near the City 2 shopping center following a pre-dawn security alert in downtown Brussels, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Brussels prosecutors confirmed that a man had been taken into custody early Tuesday, but that no explosives were found. (AP Photo)

    This image taken from video shows the scene near the City 2 shopping center following a pre-dawn security alert in downtown Brussels, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Brussels prosecutors confirmed that a man had been taken into custody early Tuesday, but that no explosives were found. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers stand guard near a blocked off street in downtown Brussels Tuesday June 21, 2016 after Belgian authorities took a man into custody following a pre-dawn security alert at a major shopping center. The security operation followed an alert about a suspicious package. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Police officers stand guard near a blocked off street in downtown Brussels Tuesday June 21, 2016 after Belgian authorities took a man into custody following a pre-dawn security alert at a major shopping center. The security operation followed an alert about a suspicious package. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities have closed off a major shopping center in the center of Brussels following reports of a pre-dawn alert.

Police in hoods and military were seen patrolling around at least one major entry to the City 2 shopping center was shut with police cars outside. Media reported that an alert was sounded around 5.30 a.m. and reaction was immediate.

Belgium has been living under a threat level that an attack is possible and likely since the November attacks in Paris, some of whose perpetrators were either Belgian nationals or had lived in Brussels. On March 22, attacks on the Brussels subway and airport killed 32.

The federal crisis center met in a special session early Tuesday.