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Liege in mourning after Christmas market terror


Liege in mourning after Christmas market terror

Belgium is a nation in shock and mourning after a gun and grenade attack in the city of Liege left at least six people dead and over a 120 injured.
A lone killer, named as Nordine Amrani, had hurled grenades at a bus stop and sprayed gunfire into a crowd of Christmas shoppers.
His victims were two teenage boys, a man aged 20 and a 75-year-old woman who died at the scene. A 17-month-old girl later died of her wounds in hospital.
Our correspondent in the city, Gulsum Alan, said:
“Nothing like this has ever happened before in Liege. The shootings had started around midday —  the weather was not good, otherwise more people could have been caught up in the attack on the Christmas market.”
As the emergency services tried to cope with the incident in the city in the eastern of the country they were assisted by ambulances from across the border in the Netherlands. 
Panic gripped the narrow streets after they were rocked by three explosions from grenades thrown by Amrani. People fled in all directions. There then  followed a burst of gunfire.
The killer was known to the police and had served a prison sentence for possessing arms and drugs. They stressed he had no links to terrorism or any history of mental illness or previous violent crime. It is understood he killed himself at the scene. 


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