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Belgium tightens security following attacks

Published on 08/07/2005

8 July 2005

BRUSSELS — Despite the absence of an heightened security risk, Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has increased the nation’s security measures in the aftermath of the London terrorist bombings.

After meeting with the Council for Security and Intelligence on Thursday afternoon, Verhofstadt tightened security measures for the nation’s railways, the Brussels metro and various embassies.

However, he also said there was no reason to believe there was an increased security risk to Belgium after the bombings in London, broadcaster VRT reported.

The situation will be closely monitored and the terror threat will be evaluated on a daily basis. He said security measures can be stepped up at any time.
After condemning the bombings as ‘cowardly acts’, Verhofstadt met with the security service council to be briefed on the latest threat analysis and implications.

The Council for Security and Intelligence (College voor Veiligheid en Inlichtingen) is the supervisory authority determining Belgian intelligence policies.

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Subject: Belgian news