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Attacker throws grenades, kills four in Belgium

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People run as police mobilize after a grenade attack at Place St-Lambert in the heart of the city on Dec. 13 in Liege, Belgium. Two people were killed and 25 injured after at least two men threw grenades and started shooting with Kalashnikovs at a bus stop. According to reports one of the attackers was killed and another is on the run.

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Emergency services assist a victim after a grenade attack at Place St-Lambert in the heart of the city on December 13, 2011 in Liege, Belgium. Two people were killed and 25 injured after at least two men threw grenades and started shooting with Kalashnikovs at a bus stop. According to reports one of the attackers was killed and another is on the run.

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Police run with unholstered guns after a grenade attack at Place St-Lambert in the heart of the city on Dec. 13 in Liege, Belgium. Two people were killed and 25 injured after at least two men threw grenades and started shooting with Kalashnikovs at a bus stop. According to reports one of the attackers was killed and another is on the run.

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Rescuers evacuate injured people at the Place Saint Lambert square where two men threw explosives in the city center of the Belgian city of Liege on Dec. 13. The men threw multiple explosives towards a bus stop, killing two people including one of the attackers and wounding about 15 people, Belgian news agency Belga reported on Tuesday.

 From msnbc.com news services:

LIEGE, Belgium - A man armed with hand grenades and guns opened fire in the crowded center of a Belgian city on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding dozens, officials said.

Liege Prosecutor Danielle Reynders said that the dead included a 15-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 75-year-old woman. Officials say at least 75 people have been wounded.

La Libre newspaper said one of the wounded is a 2-year-old girl, who is in critical condition.

The man, named by Belgian press agency Belga as 32-year-old Nordine Amrani, opened fire and threw explosives on a city center square which was hosting a Christmas market.

It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack in Liege city, but Interior Ministry official Peter Mertens said it did not involve terrorism. He said the assailant died, but did not say how that had happened. The daily La Meuse newspaper said the unidentified attacker killed himself.

Earlier media reports had said as many as three men had launched the midday attack, which left blood splattered across the cobblestone streets of a central square in Liege where people were doing Christmas shopping.

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