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Jewish Museum shooting in Brussels, Belgium: 3 dead, 1 injured

Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium

A Jewish Museum shooting in Brussels, Belgium has left at least three persons dead, according to a BBC report on Saturday. Didier Reynders, the Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, revealed on Twitter that he was shocked by the murders committed at the Jewish Museum on Saturday afternoon. He also said that he had seen the bodies of the victims. Reportedly, another person has been wounded in the grisly incident.

All that has been reported, regarding the gunman, is that a person carrying a backpack opened fire on the people and then fled. The museum, located near the center of Brussels, has been closed off by police. Ambulances quickly came to the scene of the crime.

Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet stated that the injured person was taken to a nearby hospital. It is not clear who the injured and dead victims are at this time. She also said that the circumstances of the haphazard shooting could give rise to presumptions of an anti-Semitic act. According to Milquet, the incident is yet undet investigation.

Beyond the information given by Reynders and Milquet, Yvan Mayeur, the mayor of Brussels, said that the persons who were killed were two men and one woman, says CBS News. The seriously injured individual taken to the hospital was another man, according to Mayeur.

Prime Minister Ello Di Rupo also took to social media – via Twitter – to express his shock regarding the incident and to give his condolences. The Brussels Jewish Museum is located near many other tourist attractions and sites. Brussels is the capital of Belgium which is a federal monarchy in Western Europe and a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU’s headquarters as well as other international organizations such as NATO. Brussels is also the largest city in the country.

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