His goal was to kill police. Not only was he violent, he had mental issues (don’t they all?) according to French media.
The two police officers murdered in the attack were both women, one a mother of twins. Four other officers were wounded, one of them seriously with a severed femoral artery. The attacker also killed a passer-by before police finally shot him dead.
BreakingNews RTBF has identified the suspect as Benjamin Herman. Herman, a Belgian national born in 1982, had a criminal record that included theft, assault and drug offenses.
The police chief in the Belgian city of Liege says that a knife-wielding man stabbed two female officers before taking their handguns and shooting them both dead.
Justice Minister Koen Geens said the assailant, who was later killed by police, was released from prison on a two-day leave Monday.