Belgian crisis and threat monitoring centres “following events in Utrecht closely”

The Federal Crisis Centre and the Belgian body that monitors the terrorist threat OCAD is monitoring closely the situation in the Dutch city of Utrecht after Monday morning’s shooting in which 3 people were killed and 5 people were injured.  

A spokesperson for the Crisis Centre told the Brussels regional news platform Bruzz that "However, there are no indications that it is necessary for measures to be taken”.

The Belgian Crisis Centre is currently collecting as information as people and is in constant touch with other agencies such as OCAD and the Federal Police Service. Meanwhile, OCAD says that it is too early to make any decision on altering the terror threat level in Belgium.

The Brussels public transport company MIVB isn’t taking any extra security measures for the time being. MIVB says that it will await instructions from the Crisis Centre. “However, we don’t expect any such instructions just now and so everything is remaining as it was”, and MIVB Spokesperson told Bruzz.    

“Ready to help where we can”

The Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (Francophone liberal) has told journalists that the Belgian security services are following up closely the events in Utrecht. Writing on Twitter Mr Michel also expressed his sympathy with the victims. “Our thoughts are with our Dutch friends. Our services are vigilant and are closely following the situation in Utrecht. We are ready to help where we can”.