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Belgium attacker had criminal record

2011-12-13 18:41

Liege - Officials say the armed man who attacked people in a crowded square in the Belgian city of Liege on Tuesday had served time in jail for offenses involving guns, drugs and sexual abuse.

They say he was on his way for police questioning when he launched the attack.

Liege Prosecutor Danielle Reynders said the attack, in which the man lobbed three grenades and opened fire, resulted in the deaths of the gunman and three other people - a 15-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 75-year-old woman.

Seventy-five people were wounded. La Libre Belgique newspaper reported that a 2-year-old girl was clinging to life.

It was unclear whether the gunman committed suicide or died by accident. Officials say he had more grenades with him.