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In Brussels, 3 Shot Dead in Jewish Museum

VOA News
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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by: taxed enough from: usa
May 24, 2014 5:50 PM
No death penalty in Belgium - how can the victims possibly be dead?


by: lord mushroom from: london
May 24, 2014 5:26 PM
Has the BBC the Jews yet? They will.


by: ben from: paris
May 24, 2014 3:56 PM
Sad story, but the first comment here is also sad. The article says that the reason is unknown and the commenter already blames Muslims. What he's doing is exactly as when a house gets burgled in the neighbourhood and someone says I "I told you we shouldn't have black people in the neighbourhood". Fact is, even if it appeared that a black person burgled the house, that still doesn't justify the racist statement..

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by: Suhail Shafi
May 24, 2014 5:26 PM
Well said

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by: Daniel Avrin from: Colorado, USA
May 24, 2014 5:06 PM
You are the one jumping to conclusions. The article referred to anti-semitism but did not mention Muslims. There is a great deal of anti-semitism in Europe that has no connection with Islam such as right wing or neo-nazi groups.


by: Correct me if I'm wrong from: Connecticut , US
May 24, 2014 3:45 PM
Once, US/EU policy created a training ground for jihadists in Libya and Syria, we can assume that this horrible act is only the beginning of street violence politics.


by: Ariely shein from: Jerusalem
May 24, 2014 1:10 PM
Émile Zola wrought in 1898, the "J'accuse" (I accuse)
EU needs a modern time Emil Zola
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EU didn’t learn the lessons of terror attacks in London, Paris, Nice, Madrid, and Stockholm and keep counting European cities.
*EU didn’t brand Hisbulla as a terror organization despite the attack in Bulgaria
* Indirectly supports Muslim brotherhood despite their doctrine of worldwide Jihad against infidels
*EU and USA are heavily involved in transforming Libya into a terrorist hub
*EU supported for a long period the groups in Syria that are actually Al Qaida terror organizations>
*EU is afraid from the returning home of EU jihadist fighting in Syria.
*EU funds and support Palestinian terror organizations teaching and preaching hate media.
*EU and USA funds UNRA. In 2012 the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees managed to resettle ca. 1,000,000 of worldwide refugees.
UNRA preserves the Palestinian refugees as tools of endless conflict.
UNRA – doesn't help solving the problem
Since 1949 up today UNRA has resettles
-- ZERO Palestinian refugees---.

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by: ali baba from: new york
May 24, 2014 5:25 PM
well. the fingerprint oft terror attack is from radical Islam is every where .still EU and USA consider Islam is a peaceful religion. We are waiting for too long to look for the fact and once they look for the fact ,it will be too little too late

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