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A Year Ago Today, Tanks Were In The Streets Of Brussels During A Terror Lockdown

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

A year has passed since Belgian authorities put the entire city of Brussels on lockdown as they searched for terror suspects involved in the attacks in Paris a week earlier.

The attacks in Paris killed 130 people and injured hundreds. The attacks were planned in Brussels, where several of the perpetrators grew up, which quickly took the investigation abroad.

A manhunt for the last known surviving suspect at the time, Salah Abdeslam, led Belgian authorities to close schools, businesses and public transportation lines for six days.

Parts of Brussels turned into complete ghost towns as the military carried out dozens of raids per day to track down Abdeslam.

Belgian soldiers patrol Brussels' Grand Place during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks, Belgium, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier - RTX1VLSO

Belgian soldiers patrol Brussels’ Grand Place during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks, Belgium, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

An empty playground is pictured at a closed primary and secondary school in Brussels, November 23, 2015, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir - RTX1VDQK

An empty playground is pictured at a closed primary and secondary school in Brussels, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A Belgian soldier patrols on Brussels Grand Place in central Brussels, November 21, 2015, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris. Belgium raised the alert status for its capital Brussels to the highest level on Saturday, shutting the metro and warning the public to avoid crowds because of a "serious and imminent" threat of an attack. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir - RTX1V58X

A Belgian soldier patrols on Brussels Grand Place in central Brussels, November 21, 2015, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Belgian soldiers and a police officer patrol in central Brussels, November 21, 2015, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris. Belgium raised the alert status for its capital Brussels to the highest level on Saturday, shutting the metro and warning the public to avoid crowds because of a "serious and imminent" threat of an attack. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1V4YW

Belgian soldiers and a police officer patrol in central Brussels, November 21, 2015, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Authorities eventually assumed Abdeslam had traveled to Syria and they decided to lower the threat level. (RELATED: Belgian Police Missed 13 Clear Chances To Break Up ISIS Cell Behind Paris Attack)

He was caught March 18 after 128 days on the run, and it was later revealed Abdeslam had been hiding in his childhood neighborhood of Molenbeek all along.

The cost of the lockdown is estimated to be 51.7 million euros per day ($54.87 million), for a total of more than $300 million.

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