Hundreds of “extremists” intercepted each month at Brussels Airport
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    Hundreds of “extremists” intercepted each month at Brussels Airport

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    Brussels Airport’s security infrastructure is now far safer than at the time of the Brussels attacks, two years ago today, according to Jan Jambon.
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    Approximately an average of 100 people each month, or more than three a day, with a profile linked to radicalism, extremism or terrorism are intercepted at Brussels Airport in Zaventem. The department of the Minister for the Interior and Security, Jan Jambon (N-VA), is reported on Thursday in Het Nieuwsblad, De Standaard and Het Belang van Limburg, as saying, “Thanks to the work of our police and technological investments, our airport is now far safer than previously.”

    The figures indicate that, two years after the attacks, the airport security infrastructure is now operating at full capacity. The department says, “For some time now, we have had an average of 100 interrogations a month at the airport. For the most part, the individuals are clearly not terrorist suspects, but rather people who are referenced by the police as linked in some way or other to extremism or radicalisation. They appear in the police database.”

    It is important to note that not all such questionings lead to an arrest.

    Lars Anderson
    The Brussels Times