- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

PARIS (AP) - The Latest on last week’s attacks on the Brussels airport and subway (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

French President Francois Hollande says private security firms have hired an additional 3,000 people to ensure protection of the European Championship soccer tournament.

After the Brussels attacks, French authorities decided to go ahead with Euro 2016 from June 10-July 10 as planned, including the fan zones where spectators gather to watch games on large screens.

Hollande said 2.5 million people are expected to attend the matches in 10 French cities, and about 5 million are expected to visit the open-air areas.

“We must show that sport, like culture, like our lifestyle, will not yield to this pressure and this threat,” Hollande said in a speech to sports professionals in Paris.


1:30 p.m.

An official at Paris prosecutor office says a 34-year-old Frenchman arrested last week on suspicion of planning an attack is being kept in custody for an additional 24 hours.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to be able to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said that Kriket was arrested in a Paris suburb in the “advanced stages” of a plot to attack the country. Cazeneuve had said there was no evidence “at this stage” to link Kriket to last year’s Paris attacks or last week’s attacks in Brussels.

A suspect can be kept in custody up to six days in total under French anti-terrorism laws. Kriket could be charged or released on Wednesday.

- By Associated Press writer Sylvie Corbet in Paris


11:40 a.m.

A week after the attacks on Brussels airport and a subway station, underground rail services are mostly running under heavy guard.

The metro trains through the Belgian capital are less frequent and only stop at about half the stations.

The Maelbeek station hit by a suicide bomber in the morning rush hour remains closed.

One stop away, Franz Alderweireldt, 82, told AP Tuesday that he takes the subway every day but said that “I think this is not over.”

He said that “when terrorists plan an attack, they will do it no matter what, even if there are dozens or hundreds of soldiers or police on the street.”

Debaprasad Kar, an insurance company employee, said he has been working from home for the past week.

He said: “I am still a bit jittery, I am afraid to enter the metro station.”


10:10 a.m.

Brussels’ mayor is acknowledging shortcomings by authorities ahead of last week’s attacks but says he hopes the network behind them is being broken at last.

Yvan Mayeur, who is facing criticism in the Belgian media for his own actions before and after the Brussels suicide bombings, said in Paris on Tuesday, “There are certainly some analyses to be done on the investigation. Were there mistakes? Did we miss anything? Certainly. Otherwise these attacks would not have happened.”

Asked whether the Islamic extremist network behind the attacks in Brussels and Paris had been badly damaged, he said, “We do believe that and we hope so.”

Mayeur met Tuesday with the Paris mayor to discuss the French capital’s responses to the November attacks on a Paris stadium, cafes and a rock concert.


9:35 a.m.

The mayor of Brussels, holding special meetings in Paris after deadly attacks on his city, says the European Union’s capital can never go back to “normal” again.

Yvan Mayeur met with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo in the French capital’s neo-Renaissance city hall Tuesday for discussions on how Paris reacted to the November attacks.

Mayeur is meeting Parisian first responders and holding a minute of silence for victims of last week’s attack on Brussels’ airport and subway system, and for victims of a weekend attack in Lahore, Pakistan.

Asked whether life in Brussels was returning to normal, Mayeur said: “There’s no such thing as ‘normal’ anymore. That’s a concept we have to revisit.”

Hidalgo pledged solidarity with Belgium as it begins “a long and painful process of grieving and reconstruction.”

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