An attacker who killed three people in the Belgian city of Liège on Tuesday morning was “hunting” police officers, local authorities have said, amid an investigation into whether the incident was terror-related. Two police officers on routine traffic duties and one passer-by were killed in knife and gun attacks before the assailant was killed by police special forces in an exchange of gunfire at a school. The attacker had stabbed the two women police officers from behind, before taking their firearms and shooting a 22-year-old man in a nearby car at random, the local prosecutors said at a press conference in Liège. Read more Two-year-old girl dies after police chase van carrying refugees The assailant, named locally as Benjamin Herman, 36, then ran into a nearby school and took a hostage – reported to be a female cleaner – before being “neutralised” and killed in a rescue operation mounted by local special forces. Two other police officers were also injured in the attack, shot in their legs. The shooting and stabbings took place on Boulevard d’Avroy, a major commercial artery on the west side of the river Meuse, which cuts the city in two. Liège is Belgium’s third largest urban area and the largest… Read full this story
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