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Belgium: Five dead in city centre grenade attack

Belgium: Five dead in city centre grenade attack
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Shoppers fled for their lives on Tuesday as a lone gunman brought terror to a Belgian city centre, killing four passers-by and injuring 75 others.

Teenage boys aged 15 and 17 died as well as a 18-month-old baby girl and a 75-year-old woman as the killer opened fire and threw grenades from the roof of a bakery in Liege.

Authorities say he was Nordine Amrani, a 33-year-old local man, due to attend a police hearing today.

“The perpetrator is well known to the police and justice system,” Liege Prosecutor Danielle Reynders told reporters at a news conference. “He has been convicted of weapons offences, handling stolen goods, drugs and morality offences. He is not known for any terrorist-related acts. The investigation will continue so as to fully explain what motivated the perpetrator.”

Belgium’s King Albert II has travelled to the eastern city where several people are seriously hurt, among them a toddler fighting for its life.

Amrani himself is dead, having either committed suicide or been killed accidentally by one of his own explosive devices.