Belgium Terror Attack- Two Police Officers, Two Civilians Killed, More Wounded
Liege, Belgium: Vice News reported that Benjamin Herman, 36, was released from prison on a two day furlough. During that furlough he killed four people, two of which were Belgian police officers. Herman had an extensive criminal record, and reportedly converted to Islam while in prison. Take a man who had a previous long criminal record, now a radicalized jihadist and let him out of prison on a two day “vacation.”
According to local newspapers, the attacker shouted “allahu akbar.” The incident is being investigated as a terror incident.
The terror attack broke out in Liege, Belgium at around 10:30 a.m. local time at a cafe on Tuesday. Herman was carrying a box cutter, which he used to stab two police officers from behind. After stabbing them several times, he took their weapons and shot them both dead. Then he shot and killed a 22 year old man who was a passenger in a vehicle parked nearby.
He then took refuge in a nearby high school, where he took a female janitor hostage. When police arrived, a gun battle ensued. Herman deliberately targeted police, according to authorities, but was eventually shot dead during the exchange of gunfire.
At least 4 officers were wounded during the exchange, one with a severed femoral artery, according to Blue Lives Matter.
The day before, Herman killed a former prisoner he had met in jail, Michael Wilmet, by using a hammer to bludgeon him to death, according to the BBC.
Officers Soraya Belkacemi and Lucille Garcia were the two officers murdered on Tuesday. Officer Belkacemi was the mother of twins.
Man approached two female police officers from behind with a knife, attacking and disarming them, then used their guns to kill them both on the street.@ABC News’ @JamesAALongman has the latest on the terror attack in Liege, Belgium. https://t.co/n4JML9zNZb pic.twitter.com/8T7EepjLGf
— ABC News (@ABC) May 29, 2018
If only governments cracked down on Jihadists the same way they crack down on drug dealers.
“The gunman shouted Allahu Akbar – “God is greatest” in Arabic – and had taken a woman hostage at some point in the attack.” https://t.co/T6r3Q04Kcr
— Imam Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) May 29, 2018
A man who killed two police officers and a bystander in Liege while on a two-day leave from prison had already killed another person the night before the attack, Belgium’s interior minister says https://t.co/JC4LAC7SGD pic.twitter.com/PYGnI2c9bn
— ITV News (@itvnews) May 30, 2018
Radicalised Belgian goes on shooting rampage , shouting “Allahu Akbar” , guns down two cops and a bystander in Liege, Belgium.
I remember Liege from 15 years ago. How Belgium has changed. #tragedy.https://t.co/MKvjwT58Zl
— kasturi shankar (@KasthuriShankar) May 30, 2018
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) May 29, 2018
The suspect in the Liège attack had a long criminal record, and prosecutors said they were investigating the attack as a terrorism episode https://t.co/GYpoYXQddF
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 30, 2018
In and out of jail for a variety of crimes since 2003, jihadist behind #Belgium #Liege attack Herman converted to Islam while in detention. Mad: It was the 14th time since his detention that he was granted temporary leave. How is it possible? https://t.co/UEZkmeASGN
— Olivier Guitta (@OlivierGuitta) May 30, 2018
The man who killed two police officers and a civilian in Belgian city of #Liege on Tuesday has been suspected of killing one other person on the eve of his rampage. #belgiumshootinghttps://t.co/KeWanRakr1
— WION (@WIONews) May 30, 2018
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