Breaking via The Telegraph
At least one person was killed and up to 47 others wounded Tuesday when up to four grenades exploded outside the main courthouse in the eastern Belgian city of Liege.
The attack took place around noon on Saint-Lambert square, home to the town’s courthouse and located near a busy Christmas market, Belga news agency said.
A two-year-old child is reportedly fighting for life in hospital. Six other victims are said to be gravely injured.
One of two or more assailants threw stun grenades into the courthouse while another was hurled at a bus shelter, RTL-TV1 said.
Shots were fired across the square by gunmen posted on the rooftop of a bakery shop, with further shots heard later from across town.
Police cordoned off the square and gave chase to the assailants, one of whom was reportedly killed. The gunmen are thought to be hiding in Liege cathedral.
The Karachi Post in Pakistan claimed that the attack was linked to a sentence in an honour killing case. It said the parents of Sadia Sheikh were sentenced on Monday when there had been a bomb alert in the court.
Gaspard Grosjean, a journalist for La Meuse Liege on the scene, told The Daily Telegraph there was panic and confusion on the streets of Liege.
“There is at least one dead and the attacker. Police are looking for another shooter. There are lots of ambulances and many casualties – at least 10 people.
“At the moment you can’t move in the city centre. People are crying and in shock – they do not know what is going on. Everyone has been told to stay inside and are hiding in shops.”
Local bus operator TEC said that its buses were no longer able to enter the city centre. A museum located on the square said it had taken in injured people.
“As we are very close and we have an open space where you can enter and leave with no problem. I can say there were injured, but don’t ask me if it’s five, seven, eight or nine. I don’t know,” said Archeoforum director Jean-Jacques Messiaen.
Update: It’s never terrorism, but Attack in Belgian city leaves 4 dead, 75 wounded
LIEGE, Belgium (AP) — A man armed with grenades and an assault rifle attacked holiday shoppers Tuesday at a central square in the Belgian city of Liege, leaving four people dead and wounding 75, officials said.
It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack, but Interior Ministry official Peter Mertens said it did not involve terrorism.
Belgian officials identified the attacker as Norodine Amrani, 33, a Liege resident who they said had done jail time for offenses involving guns, drugs and sexual abuse. He was among the dead, but Liege Prosecutor Danielle Reynders told reporters it was unclear if he committed suicide or died by accident. He did not die at the hands of police, she said.
The dead also included two teenage boys, 15 and 17, and a 75-year-old woman, she said. The La Libre newspaper reported that a 2-year-old girl was clinging to life.
Reynders said Amrani had been summoned for police questioning on Tuesday but the reason for the questioning was not clear.
Officials said Amrani left his home in Liege with a backpack, armed with hand grenades, a revolve and an FAL assault rifle. He walked alone to the central square. From a platform, he lobbed three hand grenades toward of a bus shelter, then he opened fire.
He still had a number of grenades with him when he died, Reynders said.
The death toll and number of wounded is rising:
At least six people are now dead and 123 injured after Nordine Amrani allegedly threw hand grenades and emptied a rifle into a crowded square on Tuesday.
The Guardian has reported that an elderly woman later died of the injuries she sustained, as did a 23-month infant and a 20-year-old man.
Immediately following the attack authorities, confirmed the death of a 15-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 75-year-old woman.
Amrani is among the six people who have been reported dead. Witnesses have said the lone gunman shot himself in the head after emptying his rifle into the crowd at Saint-Lambert square where a Christmas market was being held. This was after he threw three grenades into the crowd.
Last update for now: Killer named as Nordine Amrani, from a Moroccan background and on parole – but no one will dare say he is Muslim
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