The Islamization of Belgium and the Netherlands in 2013

via The Islamization of Belgium and the Netherlands in 2013 

by Soeren Kern

In January, the gangland shootings of two young Moroccan men in downtown Amsterdam drew renewed attention to the growing problem of violent crime among Muslim immigrants. The two men were gunned down with AK-47 assault rifles in a shooting the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, described as reminiscent of “the Wild West.”

In March, the Dutch public broadcasting system NOS television reported that the Netherlands has become one of the major European suppliers of Islamic jihadists. According to NOS, about 100 Dutch Muslims are active as jihadists in Syria; most have joined the notorious Jabhat al-Nusra rebel group.

Belgium and the Netherlands have some of the largest Muslim communities in the European Union, in percentage terms.

Belgium is home to an estimated 650,000 Muslims, or around 6% of the overall population, based on an average of several statistical estimates. The Netherlands is home to an estimated 925,000 Muslims, which also works out to around 6% of the overall population. Within the EU, only France (7.5%) has more Muslims in relative terms.

Belgian and Dutch cities have significant Muslim populations, comprised mostly of Turkish and Moroccan immigrants, as well as a growing number of converts to Islam.

The number of Muslims in Brussels—where roughly half of the number of Muslims in Belgium currently live—has reached 300,000, which means that the self-styled “Capital of Europe” is now one of the most Islamic cities in Europe.

In 2013, Muslims made up approximately 26% of the population of metropolitan Brussels, followed by Rotterdam (25%), Amsterdam (24%), Antwerp (17%), The Hague (14%) and Utrecht (13%), according to a panoply of research.

Not coincidentally, Belgium and the Netherlands have been at the forefront of the debate over Muslim immigration and integration in Europe. What follows is a chronological summary of some of the main stories about the rise of Islam in Belgium and the Netherlands during 2013.

In January, the Belgian branch of the Dutch department store chain HEMA lost a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a Muslim shop assistant whose contract was not renewed because she refused to stop wearing a hijab, the traditional Islamic headscarf.

The woman, a Belgian convert to Islam, had been employed as temporary sales staff for two months, during which time she wore the hijab at work. But when customers complained, the store manager asked her to remove the headscarf.

After she refused to comply, HEMA declined to extend her contract in sales, but did offer her an alternative job in its warehouse, where she would not have direct contact with clients. She said the alternative job offer was unsatisfactory and then consulted a lawyer.

Lawyers defending the Belgian shop said that to maintain the “neutral and discreet image of HEMA, the shop did not want employees wearing any kind of religious symbols.”

But a labor court in the nearby Belgian city of Tongeren ruled that HEMA did not have a clearly stated policy on headscarves and thus had no valid justification to dismiss the woman. The court ordered HEMA to pay the 21-year-old woman €9,000 ($12,000), the equivalent of six month’s salary, as compensation.

According to the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, an NGO that helped bring the woman’s case to trial, the main purpose of the legal action was to clarify how far a company can go in seeking to present a “neutral image” to its customers. The NGO believes neutrality cannot be invoked as a genuine and determining occupational requirement, and says it is not self-evident that neutrality can amount to a legitimate goal if and when it is chiefly invoked to please a private company’s clients.

Also in January, the gangland shootings of two young Moroccan men in downtown Amsterdam drew renewed attention to the growing problem of violent crime among Muslim immigrants. The two men were gunned down with AK-47 assault rifles in a shooting the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, described as reminiscent of “the Wild West.”

According to the Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool, young Moroccans continue their “unstoppable march to become the largest group of violent criminals” in the country, despite decades of government programs aimed at steering young Muslims away from a life of crime. Moroccan gangsters specialize mainly in robberies of banks and jewelry stores, as well as in drug trafficking, according to Het Parool. Continue reading

Belgian politicians propose impeaching elected Muslims who vow sharia law

Russian-agiprop Television titles their piece Belgian Islamophobia: MPs vow to ‘impeach’ Muslim extremists — RT News.

Belgian politicians have submitted a proposal to impeach or limit the influence of Muslim extremists in power. MPs fear that Muslim politicians do not shake hands with women and are creating an isolated community.

Alain Destexche, a liberal member of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, and Deputy Mayor of Koekelberg Philippe Pivin submitted the proposal in front of the Belgian Parliament on Wednesday to exclude extremist parties from a range of local functions. The proposal is currently open for signatures by other members of Parliament.

“The people of the Islamic party do not want to be mixed with others in public transport and other communal places,” local media quoted Alain Destexhe as saying. “They advocate getting married and wearing a veil at 12 years old, based on Islamic law.”

The two liberal politicians said that the European Court of Human Rights had explicitly stated that Sharia law is not compatible with the rights and freedoms written in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which is why the power of Muslim extremists must be minimized.

The proposal argues that if elected, ultra-conservative Muslim beliefs are inconsistent with the ECHR’s laws against racism and xenophobia, as well as those aimed at punishing the denial or minimization of the Holocaust. Those who hold such views should be impeached, and prevented from presiding over local councils or managing communal bodies, the proposal said.

Destexhe referred specifically to the newly established Islam Party in Belgium, which won two seats in municipal elections in October 2012 and vowed to implement Islamic Sharia law in Belgium.

“The Islam-elected party has refused to shake hands with Molenbeek [municipality in Brussels-Capital Region] Mayor Francoise Schepmans [after being elected]. I feel that some people do not understand how similar this is to the behavior of the extreme right, and how they are creating their own isolated community,” Destexhe explained.

Logically, Muslims would align more with the U.S. right and far right than liberal left. What RT fails to tell readers below:

Elected Muslims Declare: “Belgium Will Become an Islamic State”

Belgium: Muslims to campaign for Islamic state after election win (video)

Spanish govt threatens to jail Mohamed movie-maker if new video released

Spain is self-enforcing sharia law and Belgium – a country on its way to becoming Islamic gives the green light to Muslims to wage jihad against the state and non-Muslims.

Terror fears over anti-Islam film by asylum seeker in Spain

The Spanish Interior Ministry has launched a bid to revoke Firasat’s asylum status, although it did not clarify the legal motives with which it intends to pursue the matter. Ministry sources said that an arrest warrant could be issued, but this has not been confirmed.

Belgian terror alert over ‘The Innocent Prophet’ film

Belgium has heightened its terror alert level to three out of a possible four, ahead of the release of yet another highly controversial, Prophet Muhammed-related film.

Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet said the decision by a terror analysis and coordination unit was “a simple preventative measure,” and that the level of threat was up to three, out of a maximum of four.

via Vlad Tepes.

December 8th, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT:  352-371-2487 or 352-871-2680 (Stephanie Sapp) or info@standupamericanow.org

The Innocent Prophet is due to be released on the 14th of December in Madrid, Spain.  Our representative for Stand Up America Now, Imran Firasat, has received word from the Spanish government informing him that if he or Stand Up America Now continue on and release the film on December 14 in Madrid Spain, then his residency status will be revoked.  He will be detained, locked in prison under the excuse of being a danger to national security, then deported back to Pakistan where he would be killed because he is facing a death sentence due to his criticism of Islam.

Again a government has backed down and given in due to the threats of Islam.  If we do not stand up and fight, also in the United States of America, we will lose our freedom of speech.  We cannot depend on the pro-Islamic Obama administration to protect our freedoms.   We must do that ourselves by standing up, by marching.  Let us join together.

This is an absolute outrage that a western country, such as Spain, would deport someone knowing they are facing an immediate death penalty, detain him, or threaten him and his family.

Website:

No warnings to Muslims that if they riot, destroy property, rape non-Muslims, or commit any crimes in relation to this movie they will be dealt with swiftly and harshly. No such deterrents. The warning is to the ex-Muslim who made a video and he is being threatened with prison.

The movie trailer:

Belgium Begins Transition From Democracy To Sharia (video)

via Belgium Begins The Transition From Democracy To Sharia :: Liberties Alliance.

Yesterday two successful candidates in municipal elections were sworn into office in Belgium.  What makes this noteworthy is that they come from the Islam Party.  This party officially promotes sharia law and wants Belgium to move from being a democratic state to that of Islamic state based on sharia. The Gatestone Institute recently discussed the issue.

During the swearing in ceremony an outraged citizen pointed out the dangers associated with pro-sharia politicians being elected in a democratic society.

The following footage with English subtitles is a record of what happened:

For some background context, read:

Updates:

With English subtitles at Vlad Tepes – http://vladtepesblog.com/?p=56921

Dozen Salafist soldiers in Belgian army put under surveillance

 via islamversuseurope

The Belgian army has put a dozen soldiers under surveillance because of their Salafist convictions and to ensure their loyalty to the country, reveals “La Libre Belgique” on Wednesday. The surveillance is conducted by military intelligence, the Service général du renseignement et de la sécurité (SGRS) [General intelligence and security service], and the Sûreté de l’Etat [state police]. In some cases, the checks have been effective, but in others candidates who are well known in Islamist milieux escaped the vigilance of the recruiters.

The army fears infiltrations and worries about training islamists whose objective is to conduct jihad abroad. In the worst case, the latter would then, for example, be able to turn against Belgian soldiers in areas like Afghanistan, writes La Libre.

“The problem is that there is no check before training. To get into the army, you just need a clean criminal record. The candidate is interviewed by officials, but nothing more”, explains one of the newspaper’s sources. It is only at the authorisation stage that the monitoring is tighter.

Source: http://www.dhnet.be/infos/belgique/article/415493/des-islamistes-reperes-dans-l-armee-belge.html

Yep: Elected Muslims Declare: “Belgium Will Become an Islamic State”

Elected Muslims Declare: “Belgium Will Become an Islamic State”

via “Belgium Will Become an Islamic State” :: Gatestone Institute.

Two Muslim politicians, who just won municipal elections in Belgium’s capital, Brussels, on October 14, have vowed to implement Islamic Sharia law in Belgium.

The two candidates, Lhoucine Aït Jeddig and Redouane Ahrouch, both from the fledgling Islam Party, won seats in two heavily Islamized municipalities of Brussels, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean and Anderlecht, respectively.

During a post-election press conference in Brussels on October 25, the two future councilors, who will be officially sworn in on December 3, said they regard their election as key to the assertion of the Muslim community in Belgium.

“We are elected Islamists but above all we are Muslims,” Ahrouch said. “Islam is compatible with the laws of the Belgian people. As elected Muslims, we embrace the Koran and the tradition of the Prophet Mohammed. We believe Islam is a universal religion. Our presence on the town council will give us the opportunity to express ourselves,” said Ahrouch, who refuses to shake hands or make eye contact with females in public.

A one-hour video of the press conference in French has been posted on YouTube. At one point in the video (0:07:40) Ahrouch, 42, says he will strive to make sure that the town council’s “motions and solutions are durable and definitive and will emanate from Islam.”

Ahrouch, who was sentenced to six months in prison in 2003 for the assault and battery of his disabled wife, also spends considerable time talking about ethics in politics and “respect for the other.”

Elsewhere in the video (0:25:40), Aït Jeddig, 50, commends Islam as having paved the way for “the emergence of European civilization.” (He makes no mention of Europe’s Judeo-Christian or Greek-Roman roots.) He also insists that Islam is compatible with freedom and democracy.

The video ends with an interview of a third Islam Party candidate, Abdelhay Bakkali Tahar, 51, who did not garner enough votes to secure a seat in the district of Bruxelles Ville.

The Islam Party, which plans to field candidates in European-level elections in 2014, campaigned on three core issues: ensuring that halal meals are served in public school cafeterias, securing the official recognition of Muslim religious holidays, and pushing for a law that would legalize the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public spaces.

Ahrouch has run for political office before. In 1999, he founded a political party called “Noor: Le Parti Islamique,” which promotes a 40-point program based on Islamic Sharia law. These points include, among other items: 7) abolishing interest payments [riba] in the Belgian banking sector; 10) redesigning the Belgian judiciary to comply with Islamic law; 11) restoring capital punishment; 12) prohibiting alcohol and cigarettes; 15) promoting teenage marriage; 16) segregating males and females in public spaces; 20) outlaw gambling and the lottery; and 39) creating an official Islamic alms fund [Zakat].

Ahrouch says that his ultimate goal, creating an Islamic state in Belgium based on Islamic Sharia law, has not changed. Continue reading

Belgium: Muslims to campaign for Islamic state after election win (video)

via Belgian Muslim State? Islamists vow campaign after election win – YouTube. (Watch Russian TV’s American host attempt to spin this into a potential rise in “Islamophobia”. Dhimmi.)

A Muslim party in Belgium says it’s preparing to campaign for setting up an Islamic state there. Two candidates from the newly-established Islam party won seats in a recent municipal election. RT discusses this with Philip Klaas, a Belgian Euro MP.

Yes, the same will happen in the U.S., it’s just a matter of time.

History of Belgium (pic)

A great visual via Jihad Watch.

And a stark reminder of reality via Islam versus Europe, Almost Empty Classes in Belgian Schools Because of Muslim Bloodfest: (video at link)

The video is in French but even if you don’t understand it, the images tell a story. Because of the Muslim bloodfest [holiday], many Belgian schools are virtually depopulated.

In the pictures you see, even with the Muslim pupils gone, how few of the children are of European origin. It shows how far the European Genocide has progressed.

Some of the non-Muslim pupils who do turn up are just being sent home because there’s no point holding the class with so few people attending.

There’s talk of re-orienting the school calendar around Muslim religious festivals instead of Christian ones, as is currently the case.

Muslim shouting jihad stabs 2 cops in Belgium

Again via fdesouche.com with Google Translate

Metro Station Beekkant was reopened at 20:30. following a very serious assault perpetrated by a Muslim radical.

The Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet responded Friday night to the stabbing suffered by two policemen in the subway station Beekkant, in Molenbeek. It condemns “with firmness ignoble aggression” that occurred Friday night. The Minister “wishes to express his thoughts and his feelings towards police officers injured in the line of duty of securing public transport,” she says in a statement.”Based on the clarifications provided by Justice, the necessary measures continue to be taken at all levels regarding safety.

An attacker been active in the Islamist

Two representatives of law enforcement were stabbed by a madman in Molenbeek, in the subway station Beekkant. The perpetrator is a man of 34 years been active in the Islamist who, by his own admission, has committed its aggression in protest against the policy of the Belgian government against Muslims.

Arriving in Paris by Thalys, he brought with him the documents that were written extracts from the Koran and a newspaper article referring to the woman in niqab controlled last Thursday. After taking his information on the events in recent days in Molenbeek, he took the subway into the town. When the doors opened, he attacked the two young police recruits from behind, shouting “Holy War”. According to our sources, the man was clearly in Belgium for “kill the cop.”

The two victims, a man and a woman aged thirty years, are out of danger. The woman suffered a neck injury and lower back, the man was shot in the neck.

“Our services were currently carrying out a control action to enhance security in public transport and to fight against street gangs,” said Commissioner Johan Berckmans, police north of Brussels. “Four people were detained administratively. Both officers stood by those arrested when another man suddenly pulled a knife and stabbed.”

The man was immediately subdued and arrested. Both officers were taken to hospital, where one of them was always operated.

The assailant was also taken to hospital for a medical examination and then was transferred to the police station to be heard.

We will give you more information on the facts and the movement of subway in the station as soon as possible.

Sharia4Belgium leader arrested for @Youtube video urging attacks on non-Muslims

via Belgium arrests Islamist for hate video after riot over face veil arrest | FaithWorld.

The leader of a Belgian Islamist group, Sharia4Belgium, was arrested on Thursday for posting an Internet video urging attacks on non-Muslims after a woman was detained in Brussels for wearing a face veil. Fouad Belkacem, also known as Abu Imran, was detained at his home in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp and remanded in custody on suspicion of breaking anti-discrimination laws and inciting violence.

“He posted a video message on YouTube in which he called on his brothers and sisters to fight against non-believers,” said a spokesman for the Antwerp prosecutor.

Last week protesters threw metal barriers and bins at a police station following the arrest of a Muslim woman for refusing to remove her face veil.

Women in Belgium risk a maximum fine of 150 euros ($190) if they wear a full face veil in public. Belgium and France banned the wearing of full veils in public last year.

In an emailed statement, Sharia4Belgium said: “The arrest of Abu Imran will bring more people to our side.”Belkacem is due to appear in court next week.

On Tuesday, Belgian right-wingers offered to pay a 250 euros ($310) bounty to anyone who reports a veiled woman to police, in the wake of the face veil riots in Brussels.

Filip Dewinter, a senior figure within Vlaams Belang, a right-wing party, told Reuters the riots had made police apprehensive about enforcing the burqa ban and that the payment should put pressure on authorities to further enforce it. “It’s a textile prison for the women who have to live under it,” he said.

A Brussels police spokesman said he was unaware of the money being offered, but said any officer who sees a woman wearing a niqab would issue a penalty. “When someone is breaking the law we always have to intervene, demonstrations or no, the niqab is prohibited,” he said.

Dewinter said he was not aware how many people had already responded to the offer of a bounty.

A spokeswoman for Belgium’s federal police said the legality of the bounty was a question for the judiciary, but if someone felt insulted by it they could file a complaint with the police.

Police in Belgium are investigating last week’s riots and arrested 13 members of the Islamist group Sharia4Belgium on Sunday, the police spokesman said.

Sharia4Belgium was not immediately available to comment.

More:

He is accused of instigating people in the Brussels communes of Molenbek to create disturbances. Last week, a member of Sharia4Belgium created disturbances after police attempted to detain women who wore the banned veil in public places. In February, a court in Antwerp sentenced Belkasem to two years and fined him for encouraging violence and stirring hatred towards non-Moslems. However, in accordance with legal procedures in Belgium, he has remained free.

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Belgistan? Sharia Showdown Looms in Brussels (video)

via CBN News

Muslims are still a minority in Belgium, but in the capital of Brussels, they’re already the largest religious group, comprising one-quarter of the city’s population.

In less than 20 years they’re expected to be the majority. 

Imam killed as Brussels mosque set on fire…by Sunni Muslim

Eurabia. And crickets. Imagine if the suspect was an infidel? via Sunni arrested in fatal arson at Shia mosque in Brussels – The Globe and Mail.

An arsonist’s attack on a Shia mosque in a Brussels suburb that left its 46-year-old imam dead provoked shock and grief among Belgium’s Muslim population on Tuesday, but the authorities there attributed the attack to tensions between the Shia and Sunni communities – not a new case of the so-called Islamophobia hostility that has been rising in Europe.

The victim, identified by Belgian media as Abdallah Dadou, a father of four, died while attempting to extinguish the blaze, which was set late Monday night at the mosque in the Brussels suburb of Anderlect. Earlier a man who identified himself as a Muslim had approached the building carrying an axe, a knife and flammable liquid that he spread in the mosque, setting fire to it, officials said. The mosque was heavily damaged.

Joelle Milquet, Belgium’s interior minister, condemned the attack but said that authorities had for the most part discounted the idea that it was motivated by anti-Islamic hate groups. Rather, she said, it appeared to be “a problem between Sunnis and Shiites,” according the website of Le Libre Belgique, the Belgian daily newspaper. “But I remain cautious because the judicial authorities still need to confirm a number of things,” she said. Sunnis comprise the overwhelming majority among immigrant Muslims in Brussels. Jean-Marc Meilleur, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Brussels, said the suspect, who was apprehended by local people who turned him over to the police, was awaiting formal charges.

Mr. Meilleur said that the suspect had declared himself to be a Muslim, had given several identities and appeared to be in his thirties but did not have any documents to prove he was Belgian or legally in Belgium. A mosque official, Azzedine Laghmich, was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying the attacker was a Sunni who had screamed Sunni slogans.

Moral of the story: end immigration from and funding for any sharia-adhering country. Let them fight amongst themselves.


U.S. State Department Actively Promoting Islam in Europe

via Stonegate Institute: U.S. State Department Actively Promoting Islam in Europe

The United States ambassador to Spain recently met with a group of Muslim immigrants in one of the most Islamized neighborhoods of Barcelona to apologize for American foreign policymaking in the Middle East.

U.S. Ambassador Alan Solomont told Muslims assembled at the town hall-like meeting in the heart of Barcelona’s old city that the United States is not an “enemy of Islam” and that U.S. President Barack Obama wants to improve America’s image in the Middle East as quickly as possible by closing the “dark chapters” of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.

The Barcelona meeting, which was held in a Muslim ghetto called Raval (a.k.a. Ravalistan because Muslim immigrants now make up 45% of the barrio’s total population), is an example of the Obama administration’s so-called Muslim Outreach.

Obama ideologues are crisscrossing Europe on U.S. taxpayer funded trips to “export” failed American approaches to multiculturalism, affirmative action, cultural diversity and special rights for minorities.

Further, American diplomats are repeatedly apologizing to Muslims in Europe for a multitude of real or imagined slights against Islam, and the U.S. State Department is now spending millions of dollars each year actively promoting Islam — including Islamic Sharia law — on the continent.

In Ireland, for example, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin recently sponsored a seminar ostensibly designed to help Muslim immigrants increase their influence within the Irish business and financial communities.

The opening speech at the event was delivered by Imam Hussein Halawa of the Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland, despite the fact that leaked U.S. State Department cables show that the U.S. government has known for many years that Halawi is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and serves as the right-hand man of the radical Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

Read it all as the examples continue in Austria, France, Belgium, Norway and Britain.

Related:

Belgium: Pakistani family jailed over “honor” killing daughter for dating non-Muslim

…and not marrying her cousin as arranged by her parents. The words Islam and Muslim are no where to be found, but integral to yet another horrible story. All of them should have received life sentences but again judges don’t get it. via Family jailed for honour killing of Sadia.

A Belgian court has sentenced four members of a Pakistani family to prison for the “honour killing” of their law student daughter and sister.

After pronouncing the family members guilty for the shooting death of Sadia Sheikh in October 2007, the jury sentenced father Tarik Mahmood Sheikh to 25 years behind bars, mother Zahida Parveen Sariya to 20 years, brother Mudusar to 15 and sister Sariya to five years.

Lawyers for the family said brother Mudusar, who confessed to pulling the trigger on the three bullets that killed his sister, was handed a lesser jail term than his parents as they were considered to have ordered the girl’s death.

Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence for all three, and between 20 and 30 years behind bars for Sariya.

Victim ... Sadia Sheikh.

Sadia Sheikh, who defied the family by living with a Belgian and refusing an arranged marriage, was shot dead when aged 20 on October 22, 2007.

Mudusar admitted before the jury of five women and seven men to killing his sister while saying the rest of the family were not to blame.

Her parents and sister stood accused of aiding and abetting the killing which took place when the student visited her family in the hopes of patching up their quarrel.

Questioned during Belgium’s first “honour killing” trial in southwestern Mons, Mudusar said the killing was premeditated “for a long time”.

The trial also involved rights groups pleading for gender equality as part of a civil suit at the hearings.

Sadia Sheikh left the family home to study after her shopkeeper parents tried to arrange a marriage with a cousin living in Pakistan she had never met.

Before moving in with a Belgian man her age named Jean, she was helped by fellow students and teachers and also spent some time in a centre for victims of domestic violence, where she drew up a will as she felt threatened.

She had nonetheless agreed to visit the family in hopes of making peace the day she was shot.

The father, mother and sister, also facing charges of “attempting to arrange a marriage”, denied involvement in the murder, saying Mudusar killed his sister in a fit of rage.

5 killed, 123 wounded in Belgium grenade attack, report links to honor killing case

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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