Dutch military police to carry heavier weapons after Brussels attacks

March 23, 2016 13:53


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AMSTERDAM - Dutch military police protecting borders and high-risk sites will be armed with heavier weapons in response to the attacks in Brussels, security authorities said on Wednesday.

The Netherlands' National Coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism (NCTV) agency did not elaborate on what sort of arms the officers would be carrying.

But it said the measure would apply to forces guarding government ministries, parliament and Jewish institutions, as well as at border crossings and major transit points.

The Netherlands on Tuesday said it was increasing security at train stations and airports after Islamist militants detonated bombs at Brussels airport and an underground railway station, killing at least 31 people.

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