Gunman kills 3, including 2 police officers, in Belgium shooting

Posted June 02, 2018

Bernadette Hennart, mother of late police officer Soraya Belkacemi, accompanied by her son Kamel Belkacemi, pays tribute to her daughter who was killed on May 29 during a shooting in Liege, Belgium, May 30, 2018.

Herman had shouted "Allahu Akbar", the Muslim affirmation of faith, during his attack and he had had contact with Islamist radicals in jail in 2016 and early 2017. He also killed a passer-by in a auto before being shot dead by police.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Herman killed another person the day before his attack in Liege.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon said that an investigation was under way into what he called an isolated incident and also speculated to local media that Herman may have been radicalized in prison, but said authorities were still working on a motive.

Michel said the suspect, Benjamin Herman, 36, who was killed by police after he shot the three victims with a female officers' service weapon, appeared in security reports "in notes that did not primarily target him, but others or other situations". Herman then killed a man sitting in a nearby auto, according to CBS News.

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"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.

"But if you are attacked from behind, as was the case with the two officers, you can't do anything".

The bloodshed began at 10:30am when the attacker armed with a knife repeatedly stabbed the two policewomen before using their own firearms to kill them.

RTBF reported that Herman was let out of prison on temporary release on Monday.

Belgium's Interior Minister Jan Jambon said that investigators were trying to establish "exactly what happened", adding: "Our thoughts are with the victims of this disgusting act".

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- He then travelled on foot before opening fire on a 22-year-old man in the passenger seat of a parked auto, killing him. Police killed the attacker. A spokesperson for the Brussels prosecutor told CNN the attacker, who was shot dead by police, was 31 years old and had the initials B.H. but declined to provide the full name.

"The author of the attack on the city of Liege in Belgium is a soldier of the Islamic State", IS said in a statement published on Amaq's Telegram account a day after the attack. He fled the building while firing the weapon, injuring two more police officers, before being shot to death. The two police handguns had a total of 17 bullets.

He added that Herman was a Belgian national, and had been well known to the police since he was a minor, having already served jail time for theft, violence, drug abuse and insubordination. However, Belgium's crisis center said it saw no reason to raise the country's terror threat for now.

Mr Jambon, Prime Minister Charles Michel and King Philippe visited the woman in hospital, where she was being treated for shock.

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