Belgian minister quits over attacks

  • 15/04/2016
Jacqueline Galant (AAP)
Jacqueline Galant (AAP)

The Belgian transport minister has resigned, local media say, after accusations she lied about an EU report that criticised security at Brussels Airport long before last month's bombing.

Public broadcaster RTBF said on Friday (local time) Prime Minister Charles Michel had accepted the resignation of Jacqueline Galant.

Michel had earlier defended the minister, who is from his own centrist party in the coalition government, saying her office had not been aware of a critical report sent a year ago by EU officials.

Government officials could not immediately be reached for comment. RTBF quoted a spokesman for the centrist MR party saying that documents presented late on Thursday had shown that Galant's office had indeed been informed of the EU report.

On March 22, two Islamic State-linked suicide bombers detonated suitcase bombs in the departure hall of Brussels airport before a third struck a metro train in the city. In all, they killed 32 people.