Belgian Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne has been
placed under increased police protection, and three suspects have
been arrested in the Netherlands following a “threat” against the
official, the federal prosecutor’s office announced, Trend reports citing
According to the Flemish daily Het Laatste Nieuws, “at least” an
assault rifle and bottles filled with petrol were discovered inside
a vehicle registered in the Netherlands, spotted near the
The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said in a press release
that three people had been arrested overnight from Friday to
Saturday in the Netherlands.
The men are all Dutch nationals, aged 20, 29 and 48, according
to officials. Their transfer to Belgium has been requested.
“My family and I are safe. Our fight against organised crime
continues. With more manpower and resources than ever. We will
never bow to violence,” Mr. Van Quickenborne wrote on Twitter.
The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office confirmed that it had
been “informed during the last week of a possible threat” to the
Minister of Justice.
An investigation lead by a judge “quickly indicated that this
threat should be taken seriously.”
The minister has been placed under tighter police surveillance,
and will not take part in events during the next few days as a