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Brussels ill-prepared to face terrorist attack

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While EU members discuss ways of fighting terrorism, the governor of Brussels has warned the city itself is wide open to an attack.

Veronique Paulus de Chatelet said the municipality, heart of the EU and home to the NATO head quarters, was ill-prepared to cope with the kind of strikes seen in London and Madrid. She said schools, museums, commercial centres and public transport stations should have a rescue plan drawn up with the emergency services. So far only 83 out of 714 such sites actually had one, she claimed. However, the organisation that runs public transport in Brussels disputed these figures, saying all stations had such plans. But Brussels firefighters admit museums, department stores and hospitals are behind on the issue.