The people of Belgium go to the polls Sunday to vote in a General Election but Saturday there are shock-waves in Brussels as three people are killed in a shoot-out near the Jewish Museum. One person is reported critically injured but details are sketchy.
Some reports claimed the incident happened close to the Jewish Museum but according to Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, the shootout occurred inside the museum. They claim that a person wearing a backpack opened fire inside the building before fleeing the scene.
Most sources are reporting the incident had anti-Semitic links.
The Belgian foreign minister, Didier Reynders, was in the area and ran to the scene. He was one of the first people on the scene and later tweeted “shocked by the murders committed at the Jewish museum.” “I am thinking of the victims I saw there and their families.”
Saturday evening BST there are reports that a suspect is in police custody. Later however that person was released and a manhunt launched.
What happened at the museum was reported this way Saturday - a man arrived in a car, got out and began shooting at people at the entrance of the museum. He returned to the car which sped away. Police are searching for a second suspect who fled the scene on foot.
A fourth person injured at the scene was critically injured.
Sunday details of the dead have been published. Two victims were Israeli tourists, a couple in their 50s, according to Israel's foreign ministry. The victims were shot in the face and throat.
Security has been stepped up at Jewish sites across Belgium. The jury is still out on whether or not the shooting had anti-Semitic links.
Elections: It must be election season in Europe as Sunday Ukrainians will vote on who will lead their country and European Parliament elections are still underway across the continent. It will also be remembered as a volatile period of European history.