By Yves Herman and Alissa de Carbonnel
LIEGE / BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Belgian authorities asked questions on Wednesday about why a prison inmate who was reported to have been radicalized in prison was left out for a day killing three people in Liège and a former employee.
The Justice Minister, who oversees the prison service, said he felt "responsible" for the bloodshed on Tuesday that killed two policewomen and one man. The attacker was later shot dead by the police
"The question of whether this man should have been released is conspicuous because he killed three completely innocent people who wanted to kill themselves," Koen Geens told RTBF. "I have to test my own conscience." Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the authorities would still investigate the motives of the murderer, who was identified by the public media as Benjamin Herman, a 31-year-old drug dealer who was imprisoned, was released on Monday for two days to prepare for a possible release in 2020.
A police source told Reuters that he called "Allahu Akbar" – the Muslim Faithful – during a fight with school officers in downtown Liège on Tuesday after he killed his three victims
He had two policewomen before Beaten to death, taken her guns, shot a man in a car and taken two women hostage
confirmed that Herman was believed as well. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…80&Itemid=58 On Tuesday, an employee whose body was found south of Liège was murdered on Tuesday at Radio RTL: "There are signs that he was radicalized in jail, but was it the radicalization that drove him to commit those acts?"
"It could have been because he had nothing to watch because he killed someone the night before, the guy's psychology and the fact that he may have taken drugs."
He said that even though Herman has been reported on possibly violent Islamists in security reports
Unlike other alleged "loner" attacks in Europe, there was no claim to responsibility by the Islamic State.
JAIL TO JIHAD?
However, a Belgian source The Reuters confirmed to Reuters that Herman, whose age was 36 on Tuesday, had converted to Islam while in detention and was suspected of extreme views.
In and out of jail for a series of crimes since 2003 have found a way to violence, which has increased the concern that Europe's prisons will become a breeding ground for radicalism.
In Belgium, the inclusion of a prisoner in a state security list as a suspected radical is not automatically passed on to all police or prison authorities, ex
It was the fourteenth time since his imprisonment that he was granted temporary leave to take him to the police Preparing for a later reintegration into society, said Justice Minister Geens.
"Everyone in Belgium asks the same question: How? Is it possible that someone convicted of such serious acts could leave the prisons?" Deputy Prime Minister Alexander de Croo was quoted.
The National Crisis Center was alerted since a Brussels-based cell of the Islamic State has killed 130 people people in Paris in 2015, did not raise its alert level, a note follow-up attacks were not expected.
"I think it was just a person who totally snapped and went on a rampage," said Pieter Van Ostaeyen, a specialist in jihadism who has maintained contacts with Belgians fighting in Syria. "I do not think it was an organized attack."
Convicts have made several attacks in Europe. Hundreds of detainees believed by the authorities to be radical are to be released in the coming years. The Belgian parliament warned in a report late last year: "They come as drug dealers and go as Salafist jihadists," said a source of security.
"If it were me, I would not have let it go," said Brussels Security Advisor Claude Moniquet, a former French agent.
Security services in Belgium and France have been criticized at home and abroad for unsuccessful news and their response to attacks in Brussels, Paris and Nice.
Jan Bartunek and Alastair Macdonald in Brussels, authored by Alissa de Carbonnel and Alastair Macdonald, editor: Richard Balmforth)