Attack on Jewish Museum Kills Three

by Editor | May 25, 2014 3:19 am

THE GUARDIAN  - Fears of a resurgence in violent anti-Semitism were raised after an attack at a Jewish museum in the centre of Brussels on Saturday left three people dead and one badly injured.

The attack, on the eve of federal, regional and European parliamentary elections, prompted Belgium to heighten its terror alert level and increase protection at Jewish buildings and the Israeli embassy.

Speaking at the scene of the attack, Joëlle Milquet, the Belgian interior minister, said it was too early to say whether it was an antisemitic attack but the target suggested “there are strong grounds for presuming so”. Belgium’s prime minister, Elio Di Rupo, made an announcement expressing support for the Jewish community. “All Belgians are united,” he said. Police arrested one suspect and were looking for a second.

Witnesses said two people were seen getting out of car parked near the museum. A gunman then opened fire, shooting indiscriminately before getting away.

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