One Belgian newspaper said it was likely that the victims were two soccer supporters. Belgium were hosting Sweden in a Euro 2024 qualifying match on Monday evening. The match was suspended at halftime due to security reasons. Further information will follow shortly, UEFA said on its website.

The shooting comes at a time of heightened security concerns in some European countries linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict. France is deploying 7,000 extra troops onto its streets after a teacher was fatally stabbed on Friday in an attack President Emmanuel Macron condemned as “barbaric Islamic terrorism.”

A Belgian police spokesperson confirmed on Monday that two people had been killed in a shooting incident near the centre of the Belgian capital but declined to give further details.

  • @Pat12
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    378 months ago

    the text makes it seem like people were shot over soccer but that’s not the case at all

    Video footage posted on the Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper website showed a man in an orange jacket on a scooter at a street intersection with a rifle first firing two shots, then three more, then running into a building, firing two more shots, leaving, taking a few steps back again and shooting one more time. One Belgium newspaper said a witness said the shooter shouted “Allahu Akbar” before the shots were fired.

    In the video message recorded by the self-declared perpetrator, he said: “Islamic greeting Allahu Akbar. My name is Abdesalem Al Guilani and I am a fighter for Allah. I am from the Islamic State. We love who loves us and we hate who hates us. We live for our religion and we die for our religion. Alhamdulah. Your brother took revenge in the name of Muslims. I have killed 3 Swedes so far Al hamdoulelah. 3 Swedish, yes. Those to whom I have done something wrong, may they forgive me. And I forgive everyone. Salam Aleykoum.”

    • @JoJoGAH
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      118 months ago

      I’m sure I’ve missed something, maybe in the news? When has Sweden , or Brussels actively worked against Islam ? I haven’t heard about any hate from them toward Islam?

      If that message is correct, he is saying

      • @[email protected]
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        98 months ago

        Apparently when one dude burned some Qurans that was seen as “all swedes and the government support burning the Qurans”, and the muslim leaders pushed that narrative quite hard.

          • @[email protected]
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            48 months ago

            If you’re talking about the Quran burnings, accountable for what? It’s not illegal in Sweden to burn holy books. I don’t support doing that shit though, since it’s just done to stirr up trouble, but I don’t think it should be illegal either, since it’s not actively hurting anyone.