Belgian PM says better data exchange needed to stop militants

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel addresses a news conference in Brussels after a shootout on Tuesday during a raid linked to the Paris attacks, March 16, 2016.Photo: Reuters/Francois Lenoir Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel addresses a news conference in Brussels after a shootout on Tuesday during a raid linked to the Paris attacks, March 16, 2016.Photo: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

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Security services in Belgium and abroad need to exchange information more efficiently to counter Islamist violence, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told reporters two weeks after bombings killed 32 people in Brussels.
"I realize, and it was the case in Brussels and in other attacks, that often the people who carry out the attacks have been picked up by one or another service," Michel told a press conference in Brussels.
"The absolute priority has to be an improvement of databases to prevent such an attack," he added
Michel also deflected international criticism of Belgian security services, saying they were up to the job of preventing militant attacks and that other countries had also registered failures.
"We caught Salah Abdeslam in a few months. It took 10 years to find Bin Laden," Michel said.
 

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