December 13, 2011

4 dead, scores injured in Belgium grenade, gun attack - video

A grenade and gun attack in this eastern Belgian city left four people dead, including the attacker, and 119 wounded Tuesday, Liege police said.

Those killed in the attack near a Christmas market in a city center square included two teenage boys, aged 15 and 17, and a 75-year-old woman, Liege public prosecutor Danielle Reynders told reporters in Liege.

Some 52 people were treated for injuries by medics at a field hospital set up near the scene, the prosecutor said, while others went to hospitals in the area.

Police fear the death toll will rise overnight, a spokeswoman for Liege police said.

The attacker was identified as Nordine Amrani, 33, of Liege, Reynders said.

He died in the attack in which he hurled three grenades and fired weapons from a rooftop into the crowded square near a court building, she said.

The man acted alone in the attack in Place St. Lambert, and police are not looking for other suspects, she said, adding that he had left his home with a pistol, a semi-automatic rifle and the grenades in his bag. 

Police had asked the attacker, who had been previously convicted on drugs and weapons offenses, to come in for an interview in an ongoing investigation, the prosecutor said. He had never been charged with terror offenses.(via CNN.com)

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