Shot Dead in Eastern Belgium, Officials Investigating Incident as a Terror Attack

Shot Dead in Eastern Belgium, Officials Investigating Incident as a Terror Attack

Shot Dead in Eastern Belgium, Officials Investigating Incident as a Terror Attack

Reports say the victim was Michael Wilmet, 30, a convicted drug dealer who was hit repeatedly with a hammer.

Two other police officers were also injured.

Later in 2016 a man attacked two police officers with machetes while shouting "Allahu Akbar" before being shot dead.

Forensic police, right, investigate at the scene of a shooting in Liege, Belgium, May 29, 2018.

The gunman also took a female cleaner hostage at a school before being killed by police. She was released unharmed.

Lamny said "that's touched me really bad, because that is where I live and every morning I am scared that something like this will happen and every day it happens a little bit closer to home".

She answered yes to both, she said, and he replied that he would not harm her.

Michel said: "Different services considered that, based on the elements they had, there was no reason to give him such a qualification".

Ms Roggen said the attacker shouted "Allahu akbar", the Arabic phrase for "God is great", several times during the spree.

According to Reuters, a third victim, reportedly a passerby, was also shot and killed in the attack.

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"The question is whether the fact that he meets or if he prays in a group for example, is that a sufficient sign of radicalisation to treat him like a unsafe terrorist". Mr Jambon asked on RTL radio.

He left prison early on Monday and should have returned on Tuesday evening. It was during this period that he launched the attacks.

He was released at 7.30am on Monday and expected back at 7.30pm on Tuesday night.

But he admitted that he had to "examine" his conscience following the attacks.

"I feel responsible because I have responsibility for prisons". He attacked police in a way recommended by ISIS.

Benjamin Herman, the man who gunned down two police officers and a passer-by in Liege on Tuesday, was on temporary leave from prison at the time of the attack, prison authorities have revealed. A spokesperson for the Brussels prosecutor told CNN the attacker, who was shot dead by police, was 31 years old and had the initials B.H. but declined to provide the full name.

Jambon added that the woman he took hostage may have talked the shooter down and helped to avoid more deaths inside the school. Four officers were wounded.

Police chief Christian Beaupere said the slain officers were 45 and 53 years old - the latter the mother of twins.

The number of police officers and armed soldiers patrolling the streets of major cities has crept up in Belgium and several other European countries, and officers have been killed or wounded on such patrols in several attacks over the past three years.

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. The area around the school building has now been evacuated and Mayor Willy Demeyer has confirmed that all the children are safe and have been transferred to another location.

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