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Archives for Terrorism

A driver sparked a security alert today (8 September), after leaving a scooter parked near the front of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building. Heard in Europe sources said Commission security, fearing a potential bomb attack, called the cops after spotting the parked-up scooter, which appeared to have sailed serenely past the guards. Belgian police cordoned… » read more

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Brussels hotels are set for a boost in business after the European Parliament suspended a swathe of events for security reasons. Events for external visitors held in the Parliament by individual MEPs are banned as of this week. Only receptions and other meetings hosted by the conference of presidents, the bureau, the quaestors, the committees,… » read more

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The European Parliament (EP) was evacuated at noon today (2 February) after a bomb scare. A suspect, wearing a military uniform, was arrested soon afterwards by a special anti-terror police unit, according to local press. The suspect had left a set of car keys in front of the Parliament, on Rue Montoyer. The institution’s security… » read more

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Brussels at War

The inevitable security clamp-down in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks has lifted the veil on the undercurrents of the terrorism threat. Heavily armed Belgian infantry have sprung up outside embassies and institutions. Overlooking the Berlaymont, Norway House is gunned up, but the Maltese perm rep next door is untrooped. The mass murders of… » read more

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