Federal police Special forces have organised 51 operations since the Paris attacks on the 13th of November last year, De Morgen and Het Laatste Nieuws reported on Saturday.
The Commissioner in charge of the Special forces, Ivo Vereycken, explained that these large-scale operations are divided into three categories: mobile arrest of suspects, ‘reinforced arrests’, and ‘callouts’. Callouts aim to force a suspect out of their hiding place.
This last type of operation is the one used to arrest Salah Abdeslam in Molenbeek on the 18th of March.
Mr Vereycken said Special forces organised around 20 dangerous operations a year at the end of the 1980s. “We never thought it would get this bad”, he said.