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Are Belarusians at risk after terrorist attacks in Paris, Turkey and Nigeria?

The head of the German Interior Ministry has said recently that the situation in security issues in Germany and Europe as a whole is "really threatening." It is clear that we are talking about the situation after the terrorist attacks in Paris. And not only in Paris! Remember people affected by bombings in Turkey, Iraq and Nigeria, and of course the destruction of the Russian passenger airliner.

The atmosphere in Moscow is also nervous. I myself witnessed the evacuation of office staff in Belaya Square on Tuesday in connection with a message about mining. By the way, Belaya Square is near the Belorussky (Belarusian) Railway Station. Should Belarus react to the general danger that has arisen in the neighboring countries and in Europe? 

The explosion, shelling, grenade explosion once again... There has been no room for positive news in the media for weeks. The world has not had time to recover from the tragedy in Paris but news agencies almost every day publish updates on the terrible details of new terrorist attacks.

About a day ago, a tragedy happened in the capital of Mali. In Bamako, terrorists seized a hotel, taking 170 people hostage. They released only those who could quote the Quran. But at least 27 people were eventually killed, including citizens of Russia.

And almost simultaneously, though not so tragic but also horrific news came this week from Turkey, where only special services reported on the prevention of terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Ankara (they found 100 kilograms of explosives), as well as the intentions of extremists about a series of attacks in Antalya during the G20 summit. It was where the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks was detained.

Valery Funt, psychologist:
When we hear from each TV set and see on each website then a person, however stable he or she is, subconsciously transfers the possible threat on themselves, saying 'this can also happen to me.' There is such a thing as a "mass panic attack." It all cannot pass unnoticed. It affects the psyche of every person.

Belarusians became more vigilant and more often report to the police about orphan and suspicious objects.

In Minsk three metro stations were blocked this week. Alert citizens reported the bags and boxes left unattended. It was a false alarm, but the Interior Ministry say such situations do not become a kind of "blank shot" but help to even better work out the algorithm of actions and increase the level of security in Belarus.  

Valentin Mikhnevich, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
We conduct active measures in places of mass stay of citizens - railway stations, airports.
It's nice and comforting to note that today our people very adequately respond to the actions that are carried out by employees of the Interior Ministry.

The CTV channel has invited two experts, foreign intelligence veterans, who not only in theory know that terrorism is and how to deal with its manifestations.  

Looking at the actions of the French police in details they see police in this footage in getting prepared to new attacks. They point to police officers' sniper rifles at the ready and the fact that the police is waiting under the cover of a car.

Sergei Borich, a retired KGB lieutenant colonel:
They wear fighting equipment based on the fact that a terrorist act can be continued. It has often been such that when the police arrive at the scene and then a second explosion follows. Terrorists strike not where it will bring the greatest casualties but where it is easier and simpler.

Our experts agreed with the tactics of the French secret services, saying that the evacuation of the stadium began not at once to avoid crush. The rules for such situations are common almost all over the world. But concerning a preventive strike against the terrorists, our combat veterans have some questions to ask their foreign colleagues.  

Oleg Peresyatnik, retired KGB colonel:
The most important is pre-emptive action. In this most important step they needed to find and prevent. They openly missed this moment, sorry for straightforwardness.  

Sergei Borich, a retired KGB lieutenant colonel:
Take, for example, the special operation the next day. They detained a lot of people. But this means that the police had already had the information on these people. So they had this info but did not pay enough attention to it.

Sergei Borich and Oleg Peresyatnik say that in Belarus such work yields better results.

Oleg Peresyatnik, retired KGB colonel:
The centuries of our history show that different faiths coexist quite happily in Belarus. Some regional centers have both Catholic and Orthodox churches near each other. In Ivie, for example, there is also a mosque. Our people are tolerant to each other and to other nations. But, nevertheless, professionals are working to control the situation. I think there are no great reasons to worry.

At present, Belarus has developed amendments to the law on the fight against terrorism. A potential answer to radicals will become more efficient and uncompromising. 

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Are Belarusians at risk after terrorist attacks in Paris, Turkey and Nigeria?