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Extra surveillance tasks cost a pretty penny

Members of the Belgian army have been guarding certain public places since the terror alert level was lifted to 3 mid-January.

Since the Paris terrorist attacks and the anti-terror operation in Verviers in Belgium, some 300 soldiers and paratroopers have been working as guards at places that could be targeted by extremists, such as Antwerp, Brussels and Liège.

The surveillance tasks are costing a lot of money.

So far, the Home Office has had to pay EUR 1.85 million extra on top of their normal wages.

The extra money goes to special grants for night shifts and weekend shifts and extra material.

Flandersnews.be / Expatica