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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Man, 18, suspected of killing Belgian mayor by cutting his throat

A Belgian city mayor has been found dead in a cemetery
A Belgian city mayor has been found dead in a cemetery

A teenager is suspected of killing a city mayor in a cemetery in Belgium by cutting his throat, Belgian media said.

State broadcaster RTBF, citing the crown prosecutor's office, said Alfred Gadenne, the mayor of Mouscron in western Belgium, was found dead in the cemetery near his home.

It said the suspect, an 18-year-old man, apparently acted for personal reasons, without providing further details.

RTBF said Mr Gadenne, 71, was a popular mayor who personally opened and closed the graveyard each morning and night.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said in a tweet that he had learned with "dread of the brutal death of Alfred Gadenne", adding: "All my thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

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