There is always a dilemma how much we should focus on and how much we should sacrifice to get more security from terrorist attacks, Prime Minister Erna Solberg says. She emphasized the importance of intelligence gathering in combatting terrorism.
Solberg says that her thoughts now are with the victims and their relatives in Belgium.
– This is both shocking and terribly sad. So many deaths, so big consequences. We first and foremost grieve with the victims and their families, especially those severely injured, who all of us hope it will go well with. It is an attack at the heart of Europe which can’t leave any of us untouched, Solberg says to the news agency NTB.
She did not want to enter into any speculations in the media about who the persons or groups responsible might be.
– It is too early to say anything without having more and better information. I expect that Belgian police is working intensively on getting that information.
Belgium was already in high terror readiness when the attacks occurred. The debate about whether necessary even more stringent security measures is neccessary is difficult, according to Solberg.
– It is always a dilemma how much security you want, says Solberg.
– What we need to focus on is preventive work, to infiltrate, to work with intelligence, to have police cooperation and to ensure that we have as much information as possible, in order to catch people before a terrorist act occurs. So it’s very important that we do not change our lives so much that the terrorists win, she says.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today