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Four people shot dead in ‘anti-Semitic’ terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels after a man with a backpack opened fire then fled
- Witnesses saw man run in from car park at 3.50pm, shoot and flee
- Belgian ministers have branded the attack 'an act of anti-Semitism'
- Deputy Prime Minister was in the vicinity, described the scene as 'terrible'
- Area around museum in central Brussels closed off, suspect arrested
- A witness wrote down number plate of his Audi and alerted police
In what Belgian authorities described as an apparently anti-Semitic attack, the man arrived by car at the city-centre tourist attraction just before 4pm.
Witnesses said he was carrying a rucksack and ‘looked determined’ before he pulled out a gun and opened fire at visitors.
A police spokesman said: ‘Bodies were left lying on the ground inside and outside the building. There was blood everywhere and people were screaming.’
The victims were reported to be two women and two men.
A suspect was arrested and was being questioned last night by security officials.
The attacker was seen jumping into an Audi after the shootings by a witness who made a note of the number plate. The car was stopped by police shortly afterwards.
Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders, who was nearby at the time and heard the gunfire, was among the first to reach the scene.
He said he was ‘shocked’ by the killings, but added: ‘There were a lot of witnesses and the investigation is moving fast.’