Terrorist shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ kills three in Belgian city

Terrorist shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ kills three in Belgian city

Terrorist shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ kills three in Belgian city

A man who murdered three people Tuesday in the Belgium city of Liege engaged in an act of terrorism, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Herman yelled "Allahu akbar", an Arabic expression for "God is great" several times during the killing spree - which also resulted in four officers being wounded.

Shortly after taking the woman hostage, 36-year-old Herman ran from the school firing at police and was gunned down.

According to Reuters, a third victim, reportedly a passerby, was also shot and killed in the attack.

The attacker, who was later killed by police, was an inmate who had been granted a few hours release Monday but failed to return to prison, officials said. Herman is alleged to have killed him on Monday evening by hitting him over the head with a blunt object.

"When I walked by his door, he was on his couch, his face unrecognizable, full of blood", Sabrina Chasseur, a neighbor of Wilmet's, told the outlet.

Belgian Federal Magistrate Wenke Roggen yesterday said that the attack was considered "terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder". "He used the weapons on the officers, who died", the Liege prosecutor's spokesman, Philippe Dulieu, told reporters.

The justice minister, who oversees the prison service, said he felt "responsible" for Tuesday's bloodshed.

The motive behind the attack was not clear though the act was being treated as one of terrorism.

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"The question is whether the fact that he meets or if he prays in a group for example, is that a sufficient sign of radicalisation to treat him like a unsafe terrorist".

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

After killing the two officers, the attacker continued walking through the street and opened fire on a parked vehicle, fatally wounding the driver inside, Dulieu said.

A separate report by Belgium's public broadcaster, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), claimed that police had indicated that the gunman had been killed.

Liege police Chief Christian Beaupere said "the goal of the attacker was to target the police".

Mr Van der Sypt said Herman attacked officers Soraya Belkacemi, 53, and Lucille Garcia, 45, from behind, stabbing each several times before grabbing their service weapons. One video showed two police in body armour moving into position.

Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel said he was following the situation closely and expressed his support for those caught up in the shooting. "He wasn't part of a network, he didn't receive instructions from anyone else, so there is no need to raise the terror threat alert level", he said.

The Islamic State (IS) terror group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting attack in Belgium's Liege city, which claimed three lives.

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