Sunday 1 March 2015

Three people killed in Jewish museum shooting in Brussels

Justyna Pawlak

Published 25/05/2014 | 02:30

Forensic experts examine the site of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels. Belgian officials say that at least three people have been killed in gunfire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.
Forensic experts examine the site of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels. Belgian officials say that at least three people have been killed in gunfire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Three people were killed and one seriously injured in a spree of gunfire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who was in the vicinity, said the scene "was terrible and left me shocked" as he saw two of the three dead lying at the entry of the museum.

The attack, which came on the eve of national and European Parliament elections, led officials to raise anti-terror measures. Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo immediately expressed support for the Jewish community. "All Belgians are united," he said.

Interior Minister Joelle Milquet told reporters that the shooter apparently parked a car outside before entering the Jewish Museum. She added the gunman "apparently fired rather quickly, went outside and left".

Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur said police had a good lead for a suspect, but refused to elaborate.

The mid-afternoon attack occurred yesterday in the fashionable Sablon area, usually packed with tourists and shoppers on weekends. It consists of some cobblestoned streets with numerous antique shops and trendy cafes.

The attack happened during a three-day jazz festival in the neighbourhood.

Police cordoned off several streets around the museum.

Viviane Teitelbaum, a member of the Brussels legislature, said anti-Semitic attacks reached a peak in the early Eighties, but had dropped off before a recent rise in anti-Jewish sentiment. She added that 40,000 Jews live in Belgium.

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