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Belgian militant stands trial for racist murders

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Belgian militant stands trial for racist murders


A 19-year-old Belgian youth has gone on trial for the killing of a toddler and her African babysitter in an apparently racist attack last year.

Hans Van Themsche, a far-right militant, is said to have been fascinated by guns and uniforms.

He has been charged with shooting his victims in the centre of Antwerp.

The jury must decide if he is also guilty of the attempted murder of a 47-year-old Turkish woman.

Two-year-old Luna Drowart, the daughter of two restaurant owners in the town, was with 24-year-old Oulematou Niangadou when they were shot dead.

The killings shocked the nation. Antwerp has a diverse cultural mix of Jewish orthodox and north African immigrants.

Van Themsche is said to have told friends he wanted to kill as many foreigners as possible to support the nationalist Vlams Belaang party.

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