>> Soldiers in Belgium will switch tactics to protect themselves against militant attacks. They'll now move around more often and change routes. This will minimize the amount of time troops stand still and make them harder to target. The announcements comes as assaults on men in uniform are becoming more frequent across Europe.
Neighboring France has seen over a dozen assaults on soldiers and police in two and a half years. Belgium's General Thys has told Reuter's that the very people who were trying to protect civilians have become the focal points.>> We're always a target. When where here in Belgium or doing our job or when we're in Mali or Afghanistan or Iraq.
We're always a target. The only thing, we're trained for it.>> The general took over the role of Commander of Belgian land forces this year. He's decided this change of approach may be the answer to reducing the number of attacks on Belgian soil. On Friday, a 30 year old Belgian of Somali origins carried out a ninth attack of soldiers on Brussels.
The man came at officers shouting
God is great. He was shot and died in hospital. The soldiers suffers minor injuries. 1,200 soldiers patrol Belgium's main cities and the country is on it's second highest threat level. Its security operation, known as Operation Vigilant Guardian, was meant to be a temporary measure.
But it's now entering its third year and is likely to run into 2020.