Monday 19 November 2018

Thousands mourn murdered children

Some 6,000 people marched silently through the north-west Belgian town of Dendermonde today, laying hundreds of bouquets and stuffed animals outside the daycare centre where a man with a knife killed two babies and a nursery worker.

Dendermonde Mayor Piet Buyse said the Fairytale-land nursery would never reopen.

Police are questioning a 20-year-old man who they believe carried out the rampage on Friday morning at the nursery.

Authorities say he is refusing to co-operate.

The man entered the nursery with an eight-inch knife and started stabbing and slashing the children.

He had painted his face white with black patches around the eyes.

The suspect has been charged with three counts of murder and 12 counts of attempted murder.

He was carrying a backpack of weapons and the addresses of three other daycare centres when he was apprehended, police said.

Prosecutor Christian Du Four said the man was unemployed and had no criminal record or previously known mental problems.

The suspect is expected to attend a court hearing on Tuesday.

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