The activities planned around Belgium’s National Day on July 21st, especially in Brussels should be reviewed, following the Nice attacks. This is the view of criminologist and terrorism expert, Brice De Ruyver, from Ghent University. This is reported today in the Brussels online media Bruzz.
De Ruyver fears that the Nice attacks may become an inspiration for extremist individuals in Brussels. The security services should be especially vigilant, particularly in the capital. “I do not foresee any problems with the National Parade which always has a high level of security. However, the other activities during the afternoon and evening such as the various parties in Brussels parks, are potentially highly dangerous.”
French terrorists may also make for Brussels. “We know that both their approach and their strategy changes. We have already seen individuals such as Mehdi Nemmouche, operate out of France to go on to commit an attack in Brussels.”