Two Israelis shot dead at Jewish Museum in Brussels

Two of the three people killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday were Israeli tourists, Israel's Foreign Ministry said

Two Israelis shot dead at Jewish Museum in Brussels

World Bulletin/News Desk

Belgian police have detained a suspect following a fatal gun attack Saturday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels where three people were killed and another was seriously wounded.

Belgian public prosecutor's spokeswoman, Ine Van Wymeersch, told a news conference that one suspect had been detained in connection with the attack.

Officials said the suspect arrived at the museum by car at around 15:50 (13:50 GMT), went inside and opened fire before fleeing.

The suspect admitted to being at the scene, however, there was no proven connection with the attack, the spokeswoman said, adding that the police was looking for a second suspect, who was seen running away from the area after the incident.

Wymeersch said that two men and one woman, who were shot in the face and neck, died immediately at the scene while another man, who was seriously injured, has been taken to hospital, and was in critical condition following a surgery.

Two of the three people killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday were Israeli tourists, Israel's Foreign Ministry said.

As for the motive, "Anything is possible. But we have currently no sufficient evidence to confirm that it was an anti-Semitist attack," Van Wymeersch said.

"We are in shock and strongly condemn this attack," Belgium's Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo told a joint press conference, following an emergency meeting with interior minister, Joelle Milquet, justice minister, Annemie Turtelboom, and Coordinating Unit for Threat Analysis (OCAM).

"This is not an unexpected attack," President of the Belgian League Against Antisemitism (LBCA) Joel Rubinfeld told reporters, citing the recently risen anti-Semitic rhetoric in the country, which he said culminated in this attack "as the inevitable result of a climate which incites hatred."

Milquet has said that the terror alarm level at Jewish sites has been raised to 4, which is the highest level. However, the threat level for the rest of the country has been left unchanged ahead of the last day of the European Parliament elections.

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