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Deadly Attack In Belgium

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At least four people were killed and more than 123 others injured in the Belgian city of Liege recently, when a lone attacker armed with grenades and an Fusil Automatique Léger or FAL  ("Light Automatic Rifle") lobbed hand grenades and fired shots at a bus stop a busy downtown square in front of the Belgian city’s La Place Saint Lambert, an enormous Gothic cathedral in the city’s centre.

Initial reports indicate that the attacker killed himself. Police quickly responded, and sealed off the square in front of La Place Saint-Lambert that is a busy crossroads in the Belgium village. This time of the year the busy city center is even fuller than usual because of the holiday shopping season, and a popular Christmas market is located nearby that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, where every day 1,800 buses stop, en-route to downtown shopping streets.

Belgian officials say they do not believe there is a nexus to terrorism and identified the attacker as a 33 year old Liege resident who they say has a long criminal record Consider that this horrific incident is reminiscent to last year’s attack where explosions rocked Stockholm’s crowded central shopping district, sending terrified Christmas shoppers fleeing amid smoke and the smell of explosives.

Consider as of this time the motives of the attacker is not known but be aware this threat is not limited to Islamic extremists. According to a recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document: lone shooter attacks illustrate the effectiveness of the small arms tactic and the need for maintaining vigilance and awareness of the possibility that individuals may use this attack method in furtherance of a political or social agenda. Additionally, experts add that terrorists target two types of targets: symbolic items of the country, and places with large numbers of people, making holidays a significant targets of terrorism because they are so strongly connected with a countries economy and culture, has the potential for mass casualties, which would reap huge national and international media attention.

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