Judge, court clerk shot dead in Brussels: magistrate

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A justice of the peace and a court clerk were shot dead during a hail of fire near the Palace of Justice in central Brussels Thursday, a local magistrate told the Belga news agency.

The shootings happened in the late morning at an office a hundred metres (yards) from the main court building.

Belgium's justice minister rushed to the scene, local television said.

Neither the police nor the public prosecutor's office were immediately available for comment. though the prosecutor organised a press conference for 1200 GMT to give details.

© 2010 AFP

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