At a football match???
Who could have predicted something like this???
A gunman suspected of killing two Swedish nationals in a terrorist attack in Brussels has been shot by police, bringing an end to an overnight manhunt, local media reported Tuesday.
The suspect, whose identity is yet to be confirmed, was shot in the chest by police in Schaerbeek, northeast of of the capital, and taken to hospital, public broadcaster RTBF reported.
He is in intensive care, RTBF said, citing Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden.
CNN has reached out to the offices of Belgium’s Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Federal Prosecutor for more information.
The suspected gunman’s deadly attack Monday night came as Belgium hosted Sweden in a Euro 2024 qualifier soccer game at the King Baudouin Stadium 3 miles (5 kilometers) from downtown Brussels, forcing the match to be abandoned at half-time.
Is it 2024 already?
Jeez. Time flies.
In a video posted on social media, a man identifying himself as the gunman claimed “to be inspired by the Islamic State,” a spokesperson for Belgium’s federal prosecutor’s office said, adding “the Swedish nationality of the victims was mentioned as a probable motivation for the act.”
“At this stage, there are no indications of a potential link with the Israeli-Palestinian situation. On the basis of both the facts and the claim, security measures have been taken as a matter of urgency to protect Swedish fans as much as possible,” spokesperson Eric Van Duyse said during a news conference.
The deadly shooting follows a spate of Quran-burning protests in Sweden and Denmark that has caused angry demonstrations in Muslim-majority countries, heightened security fears and left both Scandinavian nations questioning whether they need to review their liberal laws on freedom of speech.
Let’s just say once again: they do not have “liberal laws on freedom of speech.” They have extremely illiberal laws on speech, which carve out an exception for attacking Moslems.
You can’t burn rainbow flags, you can’t burn the Talmud. You can’t even pray the gay away. You’re pretty much not allowed to do anything at all in Scandinavia, except attack Islam. If you wanted to unpack why that is, you would probably find that the Scandinavians believe that the Moslems will adapt and become left-atheists, and that burning their holy books helps with this process. It definitely doesn’t have anything to do with “freedom of speech,” however, or you’d be allowed to attack Jews and homos.
Just part and parcel