Decisions of the national Security Council - 18h30

At the press conference following the National Security Council, the Prime Minister announced that Belgium was hit by the most tragic and fatal attacks in our country’s history. “On behalf of the Government, I would like to express our sympathies to the families and victims and pledge our support during these painful times", he added.

After visiting the scene of the attacks, the Prime Minister said that he was struck by the information and testimonies he heard as well as by the images that have been etched into his memory.

The Coordination Unit for Threat Analysis (OCAD/OCAM) upholds the level 4 threat level. Tomorrow morning, a new evaluation will take place. Military presence at strategic locations has been reinforced and public transport services are being opened up, while providing additional security measures.

A three day period of mourning has been proclaimed. Tomorrow, the select Council of Ministers will meet to take additional measures.

The Prime Minister also expressly thanked the forces that had been mobilised non-stop these last few months, as well as all of the emergency services that have been called out.

"I would like to say to those who have decided to become barbaric enemies of democracy and fundamental liberties that we, together with the people, will take action to protect our liberties and our way of living. We want to do whatever we can to return to a normal life, while waging a common battle in facing the tragic events that have befallen us today ", he went on to say.