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Knife attacker kills three in Belgian nursery

Posted by tothewire on January 24, 2009

A man carries his child as he leaves a building where families received assistance near the scene of a knife attack at a creche in Dendermonde January 23, 2009.

A man carries his child as he leaves a building where families received assistance near the scene of a knife attack at a creche in Dendermonde January 23, 2009.

 

DENDERMONDE, Belgium (Reuters) – A man with a white painted face and blackened eyes stabbed to death two infants and a woman and injured 13 at a nursery in western Belgium on Friday before cycling away.

 

Eleven children and two female staff were being treated at local hospitals, authorities said. The suspected attacker was detained soon afterwards at a local shop.

 

The assailant arrived at the day care center in Dendermonde, 30 km (20 miles) west of Brussels, at around 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) saying he wanted to ask a question, but then ran into two rooms to attack his victims.

 

There were 18 children and six adults in the creche at the time of the attack.

 

The man cycled away but was arrested about 90 minutes later, police said.

 

Senior magistrate Christian Du Four told a news conference that the man was a 20 year-old Belgian from the region.

 

Contrary to Belgian media reports, the man was not a psychiatric patient, Du Four said.

 

The attacker, who is still being questioned, will be charged with murder.

 

“He has not said anything about what has happened. He was in any case not under the influence of drugs or other intoxicating substances at the time of the stabbing,” De Four said. (Additional reporting by Anne Jolis and Philip Blenkinsop; writing by Mark John; Editing by Giles Elgood)

By Antonia van de Velde

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE50M3A720090123

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4 Responses to “Knife attacker kills three in Belgian nursery”

  1. Lawman2 said

    who in their right mind would allow a man with white painted face and blackened eyes into a child care center to begin with?

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  2. tothewire said

    That is kind of what Bruce said as well, and I think we all share that same sentiment!

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  3. womaninblack said

    I would never allow a man with a white-painted face and blackened eyes into a childcare centre…unless…he could make really good balloon animals and promised a grand finale with a rabbit under a cloth.

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  4. tothewire said

    EXACTLY! Welcome womaninblack to our little blog!

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