The city of Bruges is of the opinion that Tuesday night is no risk to the public. That says mayor Renaat Landuyt (SP.(A) Wednesday. Shortly before the match Belgium-Japan in the Jan breydel stadium ran information about a possible attack.
“The process is that we are dependent on the information that we obtain from other police services. Indeed, there is a notification within walking around 17.30 hours from our colleagues in Brussels, ” says Landuyt.
That report was reviewed and it was ascertained how serious that was, in consultation with the OCAM, the coordinating body for threat analysis. That was the extent credible that there definitely is for the access controls to be increased. The contest was anyway regarded as a risicowedstrijd, so there was already an increased politieaanwezigheid. The police took in more metal detectors and explosievenhonden in the search of the football supporters.
‘Ultimately, we have decided, after consultation with the football club for the match to continue,” says the mayor. During the match also showed the OCAM know that the situation is reassuring.
According to mayor Landuyt was the tip from Morocco, from Moroccan backgrounds. ‘That can just as well from Brussels. That is difficult, ” says the mayor. ‘We now move on to the balance sheet and, if necessary, to draw lessons and our scenario to make adjustments when necessary,” he concluded. The research itself is no longer in the hands of Brugge or Bruges police.
‘Threat is insufficiently credible and concrete’
The threat for a terrorist act during the match of the Red Devils in Bruges was ” insufficient credible and concrete’. That is to say, the OCAM, the coordinating body for threat analysis and the cabinet of minister of the Interior Jan Jambon. According to the crisis center remains the terreurniveau unchanged at level 3.