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Belgians Respond to Terrorist Threat With Cat Photos

Twitter users flood #BrusselsLockdown hashtag with kitties after police call for social media silence.

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Brussels entered the third day of a city-wide lockdown today, as Belgian police continue to search for suspected terrorists accused of planning an “imminent” attack. Authorities announced that 16 suspects had been detained in a counter-terrorism raid last night, though Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to have been involved in last week’s Paris attacks, was not one of them.

Prior to last night’s raid, Belgian police asked that internet users not tweet anything about the operation, for fear that the information would tip off their targets. Apparently, it worked. Instead of posting details about the raid, Belgians flooded the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag with photos of their cats.

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