TWO POLICE OFFICERS AND BYSTANDER SHOT DEAD IN BELGIUM AFTER WOMAN TAKEN HOSTAGE

Police say they are looking at various scenarios for a motive behind the shootings and have not ruled out terrorism.

Police at the scene of the shooting in Liege

Anti-terror police are investigating after three people, including two police officers, were shot dead by a man who had taken a woman hostage in Belgium.

The man was himself shot dead following the incident in on the Boulevard d’Avroy in the city of Liege in eastern Belgium.

A bystander also died after being shot, and two other people were wounded, police said.

The gunman took a cleaner hostage at a nearby school before police shot him.

Authorities said terrorism could not be ruled out and media reports said the man shouted Allahu Akbar – God is greatest in Arabic.

Catherine Collignon, spokeswoman for the Liege prosecutors office, said: “There are two dead policemen and two others injured.”

Interior minister Jan Jambon said the anti-terrorist crisis centre was monitoring the situation.

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