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Belgium: Four dead in gun and grenade attack

Belgium: Four dead in gun and grenade attack
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Four people are reported dead and at least 75 others injured, some seriously, in a gun and grenade attack in a Belgian city centre.

A lone gunman is believed to be behind the bloodshed in the main square of Liege, not far from a busy Christmas market.

Witnesses said he opened fire on a group of young people gathered at a bus shelter, before committing suicide, shooting himself in the head with a handgun. As well as the suspect, two males aged 15 and 17 and a 75-year-old woman were killed.

One eyewitness said: “I was in the centre of town and I saw a guy take a Kalashnikov out. He showered the people with it. There were grenades that exploded. The bus shelters exploded. It was general panic.”

The gunman has been named as Nordine Amrani, 33. It was clear not what his motive was, but justice officials said that earlier in the day he had been summoned to appear before police and that he had previous convictions for illegal possession of weapons and of drugs. Authorities said it was not a terrorist act.

Ambulances from across the country as well as the neighbouring Netherlands were brought in to cope with the wounded.

Bomb disposal experts were reportedly brought in to carry out a controlled explosion of the suspect’s car, which was found parked in the square.

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