Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said yesterday that a "significant" part of the Muslim population celebrated attacks, blaming Belgium's policies for failing to integrate Muslim migrants into society, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (April 17, 2016).
"A significant section of the Muslim community danced when attacks took place," Jambon said in an interview with the Flemish-language De Standaard newspaper.
The Belgian minister also accused Muslim residents of Brussels' largely immigrant Molenbeek neighborhood of attacking police during an operation last month to arrest a suspect in connection with the deadly attacks in Paris last November.
"They threw stones and bottles at police and press during the arrest of Salah Abdeslam.This is the real problem. Terrorists we can pick up, remove from society. But they are just a boil. Underneath is a cancer that is much more difficult to treat. We can do it, but it won't be overnight," he said.