Drug gangs behind rise in shootings in EU capital Brussels, officials say


BRUSSELS: More than 100 of Europe’s most dangerous criminal networks operate in Belgium, a center for international drug trafficking as well as being the heart of EU politics, officials said on Friday, as street shooting rise in the capital.
Belgian Justice Minister Paul Van Tigchelt said drug gangs were behind this year’s rise in street shootings in Brussels, with six recorded in March alone. Gangs from the French coastal town of Marseille were seeking to fill a vacuum left in Brussels after arrests of Albanian mafia members, he said.