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In Brussels, 3 Shot Dead in Jewish Museum

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Belgian officials say three people were killed and one badly injured in a shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels Saturday.

Witnesses say a gunman drove up to the museum, went inside and fired shots before fleeing the scene.

Belgium's Interior Minister, Joelle Milquet, told media it was too soon to say if anti-Semitism was behind the attack, but that there are strong reasons to suspect that to be the case.

After the shooting, police closed off the streets around the museum, which is in a busy shopping and tourist area in central Brussels.

A Brussels fire department spokesman said at least one person was wounded. No details were immediately available. A Belgian broadcasting company said that a person with a backpack opened fire then fled.

The country's deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister tweeted his condolences to the family of the victims.

"Shocked by the killings at the Jewish Museum, I think of the victims I saw on site and their families," he said.
Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said it was a hateful assault that all Belgians reject, and he pledged support for the nation's Jewish community.

The violence comes on the eve of elections to choose members of the Belgian and European parliaments.

No one has calimed responsibility for the killings, and the incident remains under investigation.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, Reutes and AFP.

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