Belgium is in shock following what is believed to be a racially-motivated double murder by an 18-year old man in the northern city of Antwerp. The shooting rampage ended when the perpetrator was shot and injured by a policeman.
The man’s first victim was a 46-year old Turkish woman whom he shot in the chest. Doctors say the injury is not life-threatening. He then shot a young au-pair from Mali and the two-year old girl she was looking after. Both died immediately.
The killings took place on Thursday afternoon just hours after the young man bought himself a rifle in a local gun shop. The cousin of the murdered African woman said: “We want justice, we don’t deserve to die just because we are black, it’s racism. Thankfully the police officer was able to put an end to it, it could have been much worse.”
The killings follow another suspected racist attack in Antwerp – on Wednesday, the body of a Moroccan man was found in a river following a nightclub brawl.