LIEGE – A man has in the centre of Liège, two police officers and a passer-by shot dead. Two other agents were injured, reports the police. The shooter is then “neutralized.” The police have the area cleared. The public prosecutor, Belgian public prosecutor, of a terrorist act.
The man began around 10: 30 to shoot at two cops, at the height of the café des Augustins. He fled then, and kidnapped a cleaner in a school.
The police are massively present. The crisis centre of the federal government in Brussels, brings the situation and give the advice the area to avoid, and the emergency services not to interfere. Mayor Willy Demeyer is on the spot.
The motive for the murder is still unclear. According to the newspaper La Dernière Heure, the police reported that the perpetrator ’Allahu Akbar’ would have been called. Emergency services are calling on the centre of Liege, to shun.
Students school safety
The pupils of the school, where the maid was taken hostage, brought to safety. The pupils of the high school were taken to a nearby park, the children of the lower school to the office of the province in the rue Beeckman.
Witnesses declare before het Nieuwsblad: “He came to me, turned around, and shot again.”
The 46-year-old B. C. came with his car from the Rue Louvrex, and stood at a traffic light waiting when he pops heard. “I didn’t think the gunshots would have been,” he says against It. “I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a woman running with a dog.”
Eye-to-eye with the shooter
The witness drove towards the noise and came eye-to-eye with the shooter. “I saw a man, completely dressed in black, with a backpack and two revolvers in his hands, which is extremely quiet, a woman in a car pulled up.”
“He then came towards me, turned around and shot again,” continues B. C. his story. “I saw a person fall to the ground. I don’t know if they did that to hide or because they had been touched. I have something never seen before. It was madness.”
“He shot them in cold blood death.”
“I heard several shots”
Another witness saw how the shooter of the two cops killed. “I heard several shots. I
“I heard several shots”
saw a young man who, two revolvers stuck. He shot two agents. He killed them in cold blood at the junction of the Rue des Augustins, and Boulevard d’avroy,” he says.
“Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrible act of Liège”, was minister of Interior and Security Jan Jambon know. “We are currently in the map exactly what happened.” Prime minister, Charles Michel, and minister of Justice Koen Geens expressed in very similar terms.
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