Thursday 8 December 2016

Security tight as Belgium marks national holiday

Published 21/07/2016 | 14:26

Security is tight across Belgian as the country marks a national holiday (AP)
Security is tight across Belgian as the country marks a national holiday (AP)

Belgium is celebrating its national holiday under tightened security, a week after the Bastille Day attack that killed scores of people in France.

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Festivities began on Thursday morning with a religious service at Brussels cathedral attended by Belgium's king and queen, Prime Minister Charles Michel and other dignitaries.

A large contingent of police, including snipers, was posted around the building.

A military parade through central Brussels is planned in the afternoon, and a fireworks display in the evening.

The Belgian government ordered beefed-up security following the July 14 attack in Nice, France, in which a terrorist drove a truck into a crowd celebrating France's national holiday, killing 84 people.

In March, Brussels itself endured twin suicide bombings that killed 32 people.

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