Belgian minister slammed over Muslim community comments

The Belgian Interior Minister said the Muslim community danced in response to the Brussels attacks.

FILE. Anti-riot police officers surround protesters who disturbed a tribute to the victims of terror attacks on Place de la Bourse in Brussels on 27 March 2016. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - The Belgian Interior Minister is under fire for saying that part of the Muslim community danced in response to the Brussels bomb attacks.

Thirty-two people died last month in the terror attacks at the city's airport and a metro station.

Now, members of parliament are asking for evidence of his claim and a Muslim group has made an official complaint.

Jan Jambon is a centre-right nationalist politician in the largest party in parliament, but the Interior Minister is under fire from all sides for telling a newspaper that a significant section of the Muslim community danced after the attacks.

When questioned for evidence he said he didn't have the police reports but that they do exist.

Mr Jambon also pointed out that stones and bottles were thrown at police after they arrested Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam.

One police officer has said he saw young people laughing and making a V-for-victory sign following the bombings

But he said he had not seen anyone dancing.