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article image4 dead, 123 injured as grenades thrown at bus stop in Belgium

By Gemma Fox     Dec 13, 2011 in World
The centre of the city of Liege has been cordoned off after one man threw grenades and shot at people in a bus stop. The attacker is also dead. Reports say up to four other people are also dead.
Belgian news site say the death toll is at four people. Those who have died are two boys aged 15 and 17, a 75-year old woman according to reports and a 23 month old infant girl, who was fighting for her life, has reportedly died as well. The scene in Liege is still chaotic.
Grenades were thrown at people with reports that shots were also fired at the central square in the city.
Washington Post writes the suspected attacker who died is believed to be Nordine Amrani, "an author who was previously sentenced to 58 months in prison for possession of weapons and cultivation of cannabis plants."
The incident happened at around 12.30pm local time at Place Saint-Lambert. Amrani is reported to have been carrying a backpack with many grenades in it. He was also carrying a revolver and an assault rifle. He found himself high ground overlooking Place Saint-Lambert where many people were, waiting on buses or visiting the Christmas market.
Amrani threw three grenades into the crowd at a bus shelter and opened fire with a gun causing a petrified crowd to scatter.
Members of the public had been told to stay at home or seek shelter in shops as the situation unfolded. First reports suggested more than one attacker and this caused some panic.
More than 123 people have been injured altogether.
Reports about the attack are still conflicting.
More to follow...
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