BRUSSELS – The Belgian government has adopted a plan to combat rising Islamic radicalism in some neighborhoods of Brussels by using local police to monitor suspicious individuals, mosques and prayer rooms.
The plan, presented to the federal Cabinet on Friday by Interior Minister Jan Jambon, foresees the hiring of 100 new local police officers. It is expected to cost around 15 million euros ($16.7 million).
The November attacks that killed 130 people in Paris were staged from neighboring Belgium, and a subsequent police investigation revealed how ineffective the surveillance of suspected radicals in the country has often been.
Four of the Paris attackers, including suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaooud, lived in the Brussels commune of Molenbeek, one of eight areas covered by the Belgian government's new initiative.