The Brussels Jewish Museum announces that it will reopen under tight security, following the 2014 shootings of 4 museum guests. Two police officers will guard the museum entrance, a metal detector will be set up and visitors will be searched. Museum secretary general Norbert Cige:
We should not give free rein – I dare say – to bastards. We are continuing our educational work. In this world of brutes, it’s necessary.
Paris public prosecutor François Molins says the man arrested as the Brussels Jewish Museum shooting suspect, French national Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, trained in Syria:
During his last stay in jail he was noticed for extremist [Islamist] proselytism. On December 31, 2012, three weeks after he was freed, he travelled to Syria. He spent over a year in Syria, where he seems to have joined the ranks of combatant groups, jihadist terrorist groups.
Nemmouche is being questioned by the DGSI, which can hold him for up to 96 hours or 144 hours if investigators feel he poses an imminent terrorist threat.
A French national suspected of being connected to Jihadists in Syria is apprehended in Marseille. At the time of his arrest, twenty-nine year old Mehdi Nemmouche is carrying a handgun, a Kalashnikov rifle similar to the weapons used in the attack, and a small video camera which holds a short video showing the two guns and a voiceover in which an unseen man claims responsibility for the killings and expresses regret that the device had failed to record the shootings.
Nemmouche, who has barely said a word since his arrest, was known to have spent much of last year fighting in Syria, but had been left free to travel around Europe.
Two of the victims are a vacationing Israeli couple in their 50’s, and the other two are a volunteer and employee at the museum. The names of the victims have not yet been released, and the Belgian police have no suspects in custody. Security measures in an around Jewish institutions in the country are increased.
A lone gunman opens fire at the entrance to the Jewish museum in Brussels, Belgium, killing two men and a woman, and injuring a fourth individual. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders posts a comment on Twitter:
You cannot help to think that when we see a Jewish museum, you think of an anti-Semitic act. But the investigation will have to show the causes.