Neglect hampered anti-terror fight - Belgian minister

2016-03-27 22:09
A man lights a candle at a memorial outside the stock exchange in Brussels. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP)

A man lights a candle at a memorial outside the stock exchange in Brussels. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP)

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Brussels - Belgium's interior minister says the Belgian government has invested €600m into police and security services over the past two years, but acknowledged that neglect over decades had caused deficiencies that have hampered an effective response to violent extremism.

Minister Jan Jambon said errors were made in the run-up to the March 22 Brussels attacks that killed at least 31 people and wounded 270 others, but says fresh investments need time before they become visible. He said on Sunday that hiring anti-terror specialists and specialised equipment could not happen in weeks or months.

Jambon says "it is also not because you put the money in now, that tomorrow all this is visible on the ground".

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