Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Insanity Virus Spreads: Crazed Gunman Kills Six, Injures Hundreds in Belgian Mall Attack

Christmas shoppers flee for their lives in Liege, Belgium

The Insanity Virus that continues to spread unabated throughout the world has claimed more victims, this time in the once-tranquil and peaceful city of Liege, Belgium.

A man, identified as  career criminal Nordine Amrani, 33, killed six people and left at least 123 people injured when he opened fire on shoppers at a market in the city of Liege. The rogue gunman lobbed hand grenades and used a pistol and a rifle and shot indiscriminately into the popular market, crowded with Christmas shoppers as well as tourists. 

The dead included an 18-month old girl who lost her fight for survival at a hospital. Other victims included a 15-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl, a 20-year-old man and a 75-year-old woman were confirmed as the other victims of the horrific attack. 

Belgian police confirmed that the attacker was a convicted criminal and sex offender who had only recently been released from prison. Thousands of shoppers fled for their lives carrying shopping bags full of merchandise as the crazed gunman started his rampage, as police and ambulances descended onto the crowded area. 

Reports from the scene said Amrani used an FN FAL automatic rifle, a Belgian made rifle capable of firing 700 rounds a minute, a pistol and threw three grenades in the terrifying attack. The attacker was killed at the scene, but it is unclear at present if he committed suicide or was shot by police officers responding to the emergency. 

Police arrived on the scene quickly and sealed off the square. TV images showed blood splattered across the cobblestones of the square. Place Saint-Lambert is a busy crossroads. Every day 1,800 buses serve the square, which leads to downtown shopping streets. The Place Saint-Lambert and the nearby Place du Marche host Liege's annual Christmas market and attracts some 1.5 million visitors a year.

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