BLOOD­BATH IN BEL­GIUM

Dope fiend gun-run­ner lobbed grenades into Christ­mas crowd TO­DAY’S WEATHER

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN

Nor­wich wich THE nor­mally-dull coun­try of Bel­gium was rocked yes­ter­day when a nut­ter opened fire in a busy city cen­tre – killing at least three and wound­ing 75.

The lu­natic also threw TO­DAY will be mainly fine with some rather pleas­ant sun­shine in the south east. But cold as a witch’s tit. Rain and sleet in south Wales with heavy show­ers in west Scot­land.

Windy hell in the north west of Eng­land so you’ll freeze your knack­ers off if you get dragged around the shops. Tem­per­a­tures will hover around 2ºc, reach­ing 5ºc in the south east.

Thurs­day will bring more sun­shine across the UK.

A shade warmer than Wed­nes­day. OUT­LOOK: A lit­tle bit of every­thing! grenades into a crowded square in Liege, from a roof, be­fore killing him­self.

The at­tacker was named as Nor­dine Am­rani – known to po­lice for firearms, drugs and sex of­fences.

Early re­ports said at least two more men were in­volved, but of­fi­cials later con­firmed the at­tacker acted alone.

They also ruled out ter­ror­ism as a pos­si­ble cause.

Am­rani was jailed for 58 months in Septem­ber 2008 for pos­sess­ing firearms and drugs.

Of­fi­cials did not con­firm this, but said they were aware he had spent some time in jail.

He had been asked to come for an in­ter­view at a po­lice sta­tion in con­nec­tion with charges against him.

A res­i­dent of Liege, he left home with a ri­fle, a pis­tol and three grenades in a bag.

Greg Ienco, a lo­cal jour­nal­ist, said: “I saw four ex­plo­sions from a build­ing 200m from Saint Lam­bert Square.

“It was in­cred­i­ble. I saw a man on the roof who tried to kill peo­ple. This man killed him­self with a grenade.”

Two of the three dead were teenage boys – aged 15 and 17 – the third a wo­man of 75.

TV im­ages showed blood splat­tered across the cob­ble­stones of Place Saint Lam­bert, where the at­tack hap­pened.

Doc­tors at a city hos­pi­tal are try­ing to save the life of an 18-month-old child hurt in the at­tack. Sev­eral oth­ers are re­ported to be in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Med­i­cal staff at a field hos­pi­tal at the scene treated 52 oth­ers.

Roads into the cen­tre of Liege were sealed off dur­ing the at­tack and ex­plo­sives ex­perts were called in to search the area for un­ex­ploded grenades.

Bel­gium, famed for fic­tional de­tec­tive Poirot (pic­tured) has a vi­o­lent crime rate roughly half that of Bri­tain.

CAR­NAGE: Blood-soaked cob­bles at Place Saint

Lam­bert

It ees most dread­ful, n’est pas?

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