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ICCT in the Media: Thomas Renard on the attack in Brussels

October 17, 2023

On Tuesday 17th of October 2023, Thomas Renard was interviewed by Knack, a Belgian weekly news magazine, on the attack in Brussels.

He commented "many people are hateful, but aggression is difficult to predict.To increase the threat level for an event, specific cues are needed that indicate that someone has a violent intention and that they have the ability to act on it. The Quran burnings in Sweden and the conflict in the Middle East naturally make the situation tense. I do not know whether the OCAD (the coordination body for threat analysis, ed.) has made a threat analysis of the football match between Belgium and Sweden."

"Today we live in a world in which something like a 'threat' is extremely diffuse: it is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Many people are frustrated and even resentful, and under certain circumstances this can lead to aggression. However, that is difficult to predict", he said.

Read the full interview (in Dutch):

Terrorisme-expert Thomas Renard over de aanslag in Brussel: ‘Dit moet ons wakker schudden’