Belgian shooter killed fourth person before attack, minister says

Belgian shooter killed fourth person before attack, minister says

Belgian shooter killed fourth person before attack, minister says

The man who killed three people during a knife and shooting rampage through the Belgian city of Liege carried out an act of "terrorist murder", prosecutors said yesterday, as authorities tried to establish whether he had acted alone. She said the assessment was based Herman's actions, which she says mirrors the Islamic State group's videotaped calls for supporters to attack police with knives and steal their weapons. Added to this was the fact that he yelled "Allahu Akbar" and was in contact with radicalised people.

The Islamic State terror group on Wednesday claimed one of its "soldiers" killed two policewomen and a student in the Belgian city of Liege this week, the jihadist's Amaq propaganda agency said. He also killed a passer-by in a vehicle before being shot dead by police.

Authorities are now facing questions over why the attacker, named as 31-year-old convicted drug dealer Benjamin Herman, was released from prison for the day.

The country's Interior Minister, Jan Jambon, told Bel RTL radio on Wednesday that Mr Herman was also behind the murder of his former cellmate, Michael Wilmet, who was bludgeoned to death on Monday night.

Prosecutors said his method of attack was a known "modus operandi" of IS, which claimed deadly attacks in Brussels in 2016.

'They reacted well. All the systems, all the procedures worked.

She said Herman directed her to ask the police stationed outside the school to leave. █ The Belgian federal prosecutor's office said there were "elements that point in the direction that this is a terrorist act".

In this undated handout provided by the Liege Police Department on May 30, 2018, Liege police officers Soraya Belkacemi, left, and Lucille Garcia, right, are seen in their uniforms.

The main ceremony was in Liege itself where Prime Minister Charles Michel and Interior Minister Jan Jambon joined local dignitaries and police to honor the two policewomen who were stabbed and shot to death and the aspiring teacher who was killed in his vehicle.

He went on to kill trainee teacher Cyril Vangriecken, 22, who was sitting in a nearby auto, before taking a female cleaner hostage at a nearby high school. One video showed two police in body armour moving into position.

"Police intervened, he came out firing on the police officers, wounding several, before he was killed", Dulieu said.

Belgian authorities consider the shooting to be a terror attack.

Belgium's King Philippe, Prime Minister Charles Michel and the country's justice and interior ministers travelled to Liege to confer with local officials. "He was shot dead", Dulieu said. He wasn't part of a network, he did not receive instructions from anyone else, so there is no need to raise the terror threat alert level, ' Jambon said.

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