Belgium: 119 Islamic Institutions Investigated for Extremism in 2016

Belgium: 119 Islamic Institutions Investigated for Extremism in 2016

By IPT News

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Belgian authorities investigated 58 mosques and 61 Islamic associations in 2016 in an effort to counter the spread of radical Islamist ideology, according to the country’s justice minister and reported by the Brussels Times.

The data suggests that one in five mosques in Belgium are a cause for concern among domestic intelligence services.

Mosques in Belgium attract inspections for various reasons, including imams who may be delivering radical sermons and for particular mosque attendants who catch the eye of security agencies. State authorities focus their efforts on threats related to “extremism, the radicalisation process and terrorism.”

The country is increasingly targeted for terrorist attacks. On Friday, a man of Somali origin stabbed and wounded two soldiers in Brussels in an attack claimed by ISIS. He reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) during the attack. One of the soldiers shot the attacker twice, killing him.
According to Belgium’s migration minister, the man was granted asylum in 2009 before acquiring Belgian citizenship in 2015.

Belgian soldiers regularly patrol Brussels after major Islamist terrorist attacks striking Europe, including Paris in 2015 and Belgium in 2016.

Last year, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for simultaneous terrorist bombings targeting Belgium’s airport and its Metro system, killing 32 people.

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