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Here's how Brussels is helping police track terrorists with cat memes

Trinaa Prasad | Updated on: 24 November 2015, 12:43 IST

Brussels has been on lockdown for three days now. It is believed that Salah Abdeslam, a terrorist wanted in connection with the 13 November #ParisAttacks is currently hiding in the Belgian capital.

With the city on high alert, cops are conducting systematic covert sweeps to find Abdesalam. The police has conducted 24 raids and 21 arrests so far, amidst a growing fear of a terror attack.

People were asked to stay indoors, keep away from windows, and were asked to maintain a radio silence on social media about the anti-terror operations to avoid tipping off terrorists.

So what did Brussels do? It flooded the internet with 1,95,000 cat memes to draw attention away from the movements of the city's men in uniforms.

How's that for being cool? The hashtag #BrusselsLockdown went viral, as the world watched in awe at the brilliant way the Belgians were dealing with terror.

To live in a world such as ours, where hate crimes, terrorist attacks and cruelty is almost becoming a way of life, we could all do with a few cat memes.

Take a bow, Brussels. More power, peace and love to you.

First published: 24 November 2015, 12:43 IST
 
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