Immigrant bullying 'led to racist murders'
15 May 2006, BRUSSELS — The arrested suspect in the alleged racist double-murder last week was bullied by immigrants while at school in Antwerp five years ago.
15 May 2006
BRUSSELS — The arrested suspect in the alleged racist double-murder last week was bullied by immigrants while at school in Antwerp five years ago.
Hans Van Themsche, 18, claims that's why he deliberately targeted foreigners in the Antwerp shooting on Thursday.
A Turkish woman was shot and injured in the rampage, while a Malian woman and a Belgian two-year-old toddler were killed.
The public prosecution office said the suspect chose his victims randomly.
Van Themsche said the victims were the first immigrants he saw during his "punitive expedition" through the city centre.
Turkish woman Sonhul Koç 46, who was wearing a headscarf and reading a book on bench, was shot in the back from 6m. She was severely wounded.
The suspect then crossed the path of Malian au-pair Oulemata Niangado, 24, who was out walking with Luna, 2.5, the Flemish toddler she was looking after.
Van Themsche did not look them in eye either. He walked past them, turned around and shot them both once in the back from a distance of 1m. The two of them were killed instantly.
The prosecution said the girl was "in the wrong place at the wrong time".
The shootings lasted four minutes, from 11.49am to 11.53am, at which point a policeman rushed to the scene.
"Shoot me dead," the culprit urged.
The police officer remained calm and shot the suspect in the stomach. Van Themsche was then taken to hospital and placed under police guard.
The public prosecution office said the suspect was planning to kill more victims if the police officer had not intervened.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news