Sunday 24 June 2018

Belgian gunman killed man before deadly terrorist attack in Liege

An ambulance car is seen on the scene of a shooting in Liege, Belgium. Photo: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
An ambulance car is seen on the scene of a shooting in Liege, Belgium. Photo: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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A man who shot dead two police officers and a bystander in Liege had already killed another person the day before the attack, Belgium's interior minister has said.

Jan Jambon told broadcaster RTL that the gunman, identified as Benjamin Herman, "also committed a murder the night before".

Mr Jambon confirmed that the person was a former inmate who did prison time with Herman.

Herman is alleged to have killed the man on Monday evening by hitting him over the head with a blunt object.

He was killed in a shootout with police on Tuesday after stabbing two female police officers, stealing their handguns and shooting them.

He also shot dead a man sitting in a nearby car.

Prosecutors revealed yesterday they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

La Libre Belgique newspaper quoted a police source as saying the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar" -- God is greatest in Arabic.

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