On Tuesday morning, May 29th, an incident that is being considered as terrorism took place in Liège, Belgium. The tragic incident left at least two local police officers and one civilian dead, as well as two officers injured.
According to BBC, the man attacked officers with a knife, stole a firearm, then opened fire. A male passenger from a car was also shot and killed.
The gunman was allegedly heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic). Authorities believe that the attacker, who was temporarily released from prison on Monday while serving time for drug offenses, was potentially radicalized in prison.
The incident eventually turned into a hostage situation, reported BBC. He took a female hostage at a school in the area; she appears to be unharmed.
According to a Sky News Twitter thread, the attacker — who is also dead — has now been identified as 36-year-old Benjamin Herman from Belgium.
Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack “cowardly” and expressed her support for the victims of the horrible attack.
This story is developing and details will continue to be updated as they unfold.
Please keep the victims and their families in your prayers during this difficult time. In other recent news, Melania Trump released a statement on Memorial Day following her release from the hospital.