King Philippe of the Belgians has travelled to Liege this afternoon after a shooting where two female police officers and passerby were killed by a 31-year-old prisoner from Rochefort who had been granted leave just yesterday. The King is there with Prime Minister Charles Michel and is currently being updated on the situation.
The man attacked the two policers with a knife, managed to grab their weapons and shot them with their own weapon. Afterwards, he shot a 22-year-old passerby in a car. He also took a cleaning lady in a nearby school hostage. He fled the building while firing the weapon, injuring two more police officers, before being shot to death.
The Belgian Royal Palace tweeted, “Our thoughts are with the victims of the terrible incident in Liege. Much strength to the relatives.”
Onze gedachten gaan uit naar de slachtoffers van het verschrikkelijk incident in #Luik. Sterkte aan de nabestaanden.
— Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) May 29, 2018
The terrorism threat level in Belgium has not been raised, despite the federal authorities saying that it might be a terrorist act. The area around the school building has now been evacuated and Mayor Willy Demeyer has confirmed that all the children are safe and have been transferred to another location. The children will receive counselling and the school will remain closed tomorrow.
Meanwhile, politicians from all over the world have tweeted their support.
"My thoughts are with the victims of today’s cowardly attack in Belgium and their grieving families. The UK stands resolute with our Belgian allies against terror." – PM @theresa_may
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) May 29, 2018
L’horreur nous frappe à nouveau. Mes pensées les plus émues vont aux deux policiers et au passant assassinés ainsi qu’à leurs familles. J’ai une pensée toute particulière pour les blessés en espérant qu’ils se rétablissent au plus vite. L’État ne cédera pas aux actes de barbarie.
— Elio Di Rupo (@eliodirupo) May 29, 2018
My condolences and solidarity with the victims and their families after today's terrible attack in #Liege. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Belgian friends and the Belgian police force.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) May 29, 2018
Our thoughts go to the victims of the horrible act of violence in #Liège. We send our support and courage to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims.
— Belgium in the USA (@BelgiumintheUSA) May 29, 2018
— Eduard Kukan (@EduardKukan) May 29, 2018
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