Belgian retirement home robberies leave one dead
A pair of armed men robbed two retirement homes in Brussels on Monday, killing one employee and injuring another during their crime spree, police have reported.
Two men turned up at the home in the southern suburb of Uccle in the morning demanding money, a police spokeswoman said. The pair had successfully robbed another rest home in the city earlier before attacking the Home Brugmann.
"Two members of staff put up resistance and were hit by bullets," during the raid at Home Brugmann, where 125 elderly people live, the spokeswoman said.
"One of the victims succumbed to their wounds.”
There was no resistance to the armed criminals during the first attack and no one was injured.
On both occasions the robbers fled on motorbike with an unknown amount of cash.
One of them was later arrested, said Le Soir.
"Police expects to catch the other one quickly," Uccle mayor Armand De Decker told the paper.
"It is unbelievable how quickly they opened fire, especially in a retirement home," he commented.
The attacks come amidst growing concerns over security at establishments serving the young and the old in Belgium.
Earlier this month nine people perished in an accidental fire at a rest home in the north-eastern city of Ghent.
Back in January a 20 year old stabbed two babies and a female employee at a daycare centre in the northern town of Termonde.