The horror. But make no mistake, the motive will never be questioned. Instead, brace yourself for the islamophobia whine. And how this is the fault of those who dare question the idea that Islam is a religion of peace. And the answer is more Muslim migrants.
Attacker shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ kills two policewomen and a man, then takes a school cleaner hostage before being shot dead in Belgium while on DAY-release from prison
- Attacker stabbed two policewomen, took their guns and shot them and a civilian dead in Liege, Belgium
- He then took a female cleaner hostage inside a nearby high school, before he was killed by special forces
- Belgian prosecutors say the attacker ‘came out firing’ from the school and was shot dead outside
- The incident in the eastern Belgian city on Tuesday morning is being treated as a terror attack
- The male attacker had reportedly been released from prison the day before the attack
Belgian broadcaster named attacker as Benjamin Herman, 36, who they say had been ‘radicalised’ in jail
Two female police officers and a civilian have been shot dead by a man shouting Allahu Akbar, which led to a hostage situation at a high school in Liege, east Belgium.
The attacker, who is understood to have been released from prison yesterday, approached the two female officers from behind, and stabbed them several times with a knife at around 10.30am local time.
Belgian prosecutors say the attacker then disarmed the officers and used their own guns to kill them, before shooting dead a 22-year-old man in a nearby vehicle.
The alleged terrorist then reportedly fled to a nearby secondary school and took a female cleaner hostage inside, before being shot dead by an elite police unit.
Belgium shooting: Terrorist gunman shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ kills two policewomen and passer-by in Liege before being shot dead
Attacker stabbed police before disarming one of them and killing them both following routine documents check
Peter Allen In Paris, Justin davenport, Sophie Williams, Evening Standard, May 29, 2018:
A terrorist gunman shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ knifed two policewomen before grabbing one of their weapons and shooting them dead before going on a rampage in the Belgian city of Liege today.
The attacker also shot dead a 22-year-old man before being killed by anti-terrorist officers.
The suspect, who was reportedly dressed in black and wearing a backpack, opened fire after being questioned in a routine documents check by officers in the street near a cafe in the centre of the city.
He is said to have disarmed one of the officers and opened fire.
Although the motive for the attack was not immediately clear, Belgium terror prosecutors have now taken over the case.
The drama unfolded soon after 10.30am local time, when gunfire was heard near the Cafe des Augustins in the city centre.
Images of social media showed pedestrians fleeing with the sounds of gunshots and sirens in the background.
— Victor ⌬ (@VICTORJ_FR) May 29, 2018
One witness said on Twitter: ”Lot of police at the Boulevard d’Avroy in Liege right now. I heard gunshots. I saw people fleeing in my street.”
A local police source said: “Two officers were hit and then the man went on the run. He was seen running into the Waha secondary school, where he is said to have taken a female cleaner hostage.’
Minutes later, anti-terrorist special forces police could be seen surrounding the area, which went into lock down.
They are said to have shot the suspect dead at the school. Two more police officers were injured in the exchange of fire.
The school cleaner was not believed to have been hurt in the shoot-out.
The source said: “The gunman was then neutralised,” confirming that he was shot dead. “He was heard shouting Alluhu Akbar’ – Arabic for ‘God is the Greatest’.”
Catherine Collignon, a spokesman for Liege prosecutors, confirmed “four deaths in total.”
She confirmed that “terrorism” was considered the principal motivation for the attack by those leading the judicial enquiry.
The attacker had been stopped by the officers for a routine documents check close to the Boulevard d’Avroy.
None of the children in the Waha school were hurt in the attack.
Belgium’s anti-terrorist crisis centre was monitoring the situation, Interior Minister Jan Jambon said on Twitter.
Belgium has been the target of terrorist attacks by Islamic State operatives in recent years, leading to a massive increase in security across the country.
In March 2016, a Brussels-based Isis cell murdered 32 people in the Belgium capital in coordinated bomb attacks on the city airport and an underground train station.
The killers were all linked to the November 2015 attacks on Paris, in which 130 people lost their lives.
Liege, an industrial city close to the German border in the French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium, was also the scene of a shooting attack in 2011.
A gunman killed four people and wounded more than 100 others before turning the gun on himself.
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