Belgium Shooting: Attacker killed Two Police Officers

Belgium Shooting: Attacker killed Two Police Officers

Belgium Shooting: Attacker killed Two Police Officers

Interior Minister Jan Jambon noted that Benjamin Herman, the Belgian national named as the Liege killer, killed a fourth person on Monday night away from the eastern industrial town. It wasn't immediately clear why he was imprisoned, but media reports say that he's a known drug offender.

Amid questions about how two officers could have been disarmed, Jambon praised the work of all involved, saying "the police did an extraordinary job". During a routine check near the Cafe des Augustins, an individual managed to disarm a police officer and open fire, killing two police officers and a passenger in a auto.

Belgian federal magistrate Wenke Roggen said Wednesday that the attack was considered "terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder".

A policeman sets a security perimeter at the scene of a shooting in Liege, on May 29, 2018, after a gunman shot dead three people, two of them policemen, before being killed by elite officers.

Police subsequently killed the gunman in a shootout after he entered a nearby high school and took a woman hostage. She was released unharmed. "And he went out", she said.

"He then took their weapons and used them on the officers, who died", Mr. Dulieu told reporters. Reuters reports Herman converted to Islam while inside.

"There are signals that there was radicalisation in the prison but did this radicalisation lead to these actions?" Mr Jambon said on RTL radio.

The gunman had been in and out of prison since he was a teenager and had had a criminal record that included assault and drug offences, police said. He left prison early on Monday on furlough and should have returned on Tuesday evening. It was during this period that he launched the attacks.

"I have to examine my own conscience".

"I feel largely responsible because I have responsibility for prisons".

"The goal of the attacker was to target the police", Beaupere said.

The shooting unfolded late morning on Tuesday near a cafe in the city centre. Herman also shot to death a man who was a passenger in a passing vehicle. He fled the building while firing the weapon, injuring two more police officers, before being shot to death.

- Four police officers were hospitalised with gunshot wounds, including one who was hit in the femoral artery.

"But if you are attacked from behind, as was the case with the two officers, you can't do anything". The two officers killed in the attack were Soraya Belkacemi and Lucile Garcia.

Images on social media showed people scurrying for safety on Liege's central boulevard d'Avroy with shots and sirens being heard in the background. Children at the school were moved to safety.

Belgium remains on alert after a series of jihadist attacks in the country and in neighbouring France.

Belgium is still on alert after attacks by a Belgian-based cell of the Islamic State militant group killed scores of people in Paris in 2015 and in Brussels in 2016.

In 2016, Belgium was rocked by suicide bombings at a metro station in its capital, Brussels, and its main global airport.

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