Belgian Gunman Attacks Busy Town Square

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Belgian prosecutor has revised downward the number of dead following Tuesday's attack in a busy town square in Liege in eastern Belgium.

In a Wednesday news conference the prosecutor confirmed two victims died as a result of the attack. Another five people remain hospitalized in critical condition.

Police say they have also found the body of a woman at a property used by the gunman. Authorities discovered her body Wednesday in a building used by the gunman to grow cannabis.

On Tuesday the gunman, identified as Nordine Amrani, lobbed hand grenades and fired a rifle at a bus stop in Saint Lambert Square, a busy shopping area in Liege. The dead included a teenage boy who died at the scene. A child under two years old died while being treated for injuries. More than 120 others were wounded in the attack.

Police say Amrani committed suicide after the shooting spree.

Authorities say Amrani had been convicted in the past of drug and illegal arms possession, among other crimes. They say he has never been linked to terrorist activity. Police have not explained his motive for the attack. However, officials said Amrani had been summoned to appear for police questioning the morning of the attack.