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The Latest: Prosecutor: Belgian gunman called Allahu akbar




Belgian Attorney General Eric Van Der Sypt, on the right, and Federal Prosecutor Wenke Roggen are preparing for a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, 30 May 201
8. An armed man killed three people, including two policemen, in Liege, Belgium on Tuesday. The police later killed the attacker and other officers were injured in the gunfire. (19659002) by
Associated Press

BRUSSELS – The Latest on Belgium Shooting (all local times):

11:15 [19659007] A Belgian federal judge says the Liège attacks that left three dead are "terrorist Murder "and the investigation now focuses on whether the attacker acted alone.

Wenke Roggen said that the attacker shouted "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for God, several times during the rampage before being shot dead by a group of policemen.

Roggen said that the attack was treated as terrorism, as Herman has acted, which, she says, resembled the Islamic State's call to attack the police with knives and steal their weapons, the fact that he was Allahu Akbar yelled and was in contact with radicalized people.

The assailant, identified as Benjamin Herman, killed two female police officers by stabbing them from behind, stealing their service weapons and shooting them. He also killed a passerby in a car before being shot dead by the police in a shootout.

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10 am

Belgium's Interior Minister says the woman who was taken to school in Liège on Tuesday has persuaded a hostage to help the armed man and helped prevent further deaths.

Jan Jambon, Prime Minister Charles Michel and King Philippe visited the woman at the hospital, where she was treated for shock.

Jambon told RTL that the woman "was very brave and maybe, but we have to confirm that she helped avoid further victims at school."

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9 pm

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon says a man shot two police officers and a Liege on Tuesday had killed another person the day before the attack.

Jambon told RTL Wednesday that the shooter identified as Benjamin Herman "committed murder the night before."

Jambon confirmed that the person was a former inmate who was imprisoned with Herman. Herman is said to have killed the man on Monday night by slapping him over the head with a blunt object.

Herman was killed in a shoot-out with police on Tuesday after stabbing two female police officers, stealing their small arms and shooting them. He also shot a man sitting in a nearby car.

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