Two dead after attacks on jewellers in Brussels

15th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

The Prime Minister of the Brussels Region, Charles Picqué (Francophone socialist), is demanding more police officers on the beat in the Belgian capital after two people were killed when two separate jeweller's shops were raided on Monday. Three people were also injured.

The first incident occurred in the Matongé district of the Brussels borough of Elsene on Monday afternoon. The jeweller was shot dead and his assistant was injured. The two raiders have been detained. One of the gangsters was also shot and is now in hospital.

Later in the day a gangster was killed during an attempt to raid a second jeweller's, this time in the Brussels borough of Schaarbeek. Two gangsters attempted to raid the shop around 7pm.

It is understood that the jeweller fired on the gangsters killing one person, when they ran off with the loot.

The Brussels public prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the incident. The public prosecutor says that on no account can the killing of the gangster be seen as a case of legitimate self-defence.

Jos Colpin: "The jeweller was no longer being threatened (when he shot). And no one else was being threatened. We can't say this islegitimate self-defence."

The jeweller has meanwhile been arrested.

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