Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Belgium police attacker 'killed someone day before', officials say

A gunman who shot dead two police officers and a civilian in Belgium had killed another person the day before, officials have said.
Interior minister Jan Jambon told broadcaster RTL that the attacker, identified as prison inmate Benjamin Herman, "also committed a murder the night before".

The victim was a former inmate who spent time in jail with Herman, he said.

Officials are treating the motives for the killings of the officers and the bystander in Liege as terrorism.

Investigating magistrate Eric Van der Sypt told a news conference Herman shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is great) several times before he was shot dead by police during the attack on Tuesday.

Herman, 31, was on a two-day release at the time and Belgian officials say they accept they face questions about how he was able to kill four people while out of jail.

Mr Van der Sypt said Herman attacked officers Soraya Belkacemi, 53, and Lucille Garcia, 45, from behind, stabbing each several times before grabbing their service weapons.

He then shot them while they were on the ground, leaving both dead, before running into a nearby bar.

Fortunately, the magistrate said, the bar keeper had the "wakefulness" to see what was taking place and got his customers out.

As a result, Herman ran out and crossed the road, shooting at a car as he went.

He fired several times at the vehicle's occupant, 22-year-old Cyril Vangriecken, killing him on the spot.

Herman then fired at another vehicle before walking down the street, shouting "Allahu akbar", as he went.
Two officers followed him but he ducked into a school on the road, where he took a woman hostage.

In the meantime, several units of police arrived on the scene, including an armed response team.

As Herman came out shooting and again shouting "Allahu akbar", he was shot dead by officers.

Police confront Liege attacker

SKY      News.

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