The gunman later took a woman hostage at a local school before being shot dead by police.
The modus operandi of the crime lends credence to the hypothesis that it was a terrorist attack, considering that ISIS online videos often call on their followers to attack police and kill them with their service weapons, Van Der Sypt said. In March 2016, in one of the most deadly incidents, three suicide bombers assaulted the airport and metro stations in the country's capital, Brussels, killing 32 people and injuring hundreds of others.
A gunman killed two police officers and a passerby on Tuesday before being shot dead in Belgium's Liege city, the country's public broadcaster RTBF reported. The passenger in the auto was named as Cyril Vangriecken, 22, who was preparing to become a primary school teacher.
Belgian police have identified Herman as a drifter who spent a decade in and out of prison for acts of violence and petty crimes.
She said that when police ignored her request at the behest of Herman to leave, he threw his identity card out.
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The Belgian Interior Minister, Jan Jambon, said on Wednesday that the attacker, who is believed to have been radicalised in jail, had already killed another person the day before the attack. "I told him: "you are in a school here, you can not come in a school, it is not right what you are doing". No students were harmed but four police officers were injured.
He took a woman hostage in a school before being himself shot dead by police.
Spokeswoman for the city mayor's office Laurence Comminette told the AP that the children at the school were all safe. Listen, you do what I say, but don't worry.
The bloodshed began at 10:30am when the attacker armed with a knife repeatedly stabbed the two policewomen before using their own firearms to kill them. "His objective was not to kill in a school but to harm the police, the institutions and the state of Belgium".
In Liege, Belkacemi's mother, Bernadette Hennart, kissed a necklace and laid it over flowers placed at the scene, saying it was important for her and the victim's brother to visit the place where her daughter spent her last moments alive.
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Mr Michel said: "I want to offer my government's support for the victims, for the victims' families".
"The facts are qualified as terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder", he said, adding that the focus was now on establishing whether anyone else was involved.
But a senior official at the federal prosecutor's office told The Associated Press that "there are indications it could be a terror attack".
Special attention is being given to the gruesome killing of an alleged heroin dealer linked to Herman who was bludgeoned to death with a hammer late Monday in a village near the Luxembourg border. He yelled "Allahu akbar", or God is great in Arabic, during Tuesday's rampage, including when he ran out to face police the last time.
Belgium has been on high alert since January 2015, when authorities neutralized a terror cell in a town near Liege that was plotting an attack on police.
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