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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Knife Attacker Kills Three in Belgian Day Care, Stabbed to Death are Two Infants by Man with White Painted Face and Blackened Eyes.

DENDERMONDE, Belgium...A man with a white painted face and blackened eyes stabbed to death two infants and a woman and injured 13 at a nursery in western Belgium on Friday before cycling away.

The two dead children were aged six and nine months.

Prosecutor Christian Du Four said the attacker, a 20-year-old man, rode his bike to the Fabeltjesland day care center about 10 a.m., found it unlocked and went in."After he entered he started slashing at everyone he ran into ... the day care workers, the children," Du Four told a news conference.

He said the man wielded a nearly 8-inch knife and had painted his face white with black patches around the eyes. He is a 20-year-old Belgian, not of foreign origin," he said.

One worker tried but failed to disarm the intruder and another female worker was stabbed to death, Du Four said. After the attack, the attacker walked out and got back on his bicycle. He was arrested in a nearby supermarket shortly afterward.

Eleven children and two female staff were being treated at local hospitals, authorities said.
The assailant arrived at the day care center in Dendermonde, 30 km (20 miles) west of Brussels, at around 10 a.m.

Contrary to Belgian media reports, the man was not a psychiatric patient, Du Four said.

The attacker, who is still being questioned, will be charged with murder. He also announced that the weapon had been found .

The suspect was formally arrested last night by examining magistrate Christian Dufour.

His home has been searched and a computer has been seized. The computer is being examined in the course of the day. The arrest occurred at a police station where the suspect was being held.

There is speculation that the judicial authorities are attempting to shield the suspect from the full glare of the Belgian and international media. The questioning proceeded for many hours. The suspect seemed to play a game with the police and initially was unwilling to allow them to identify him and provided a false name and address.

The premises searched are located in Sinaai, a district of the town of Sint-Niklaas (East Flanders) at a distance of some 15 kilometres from the scene of the crime.

"He has not said anything about what has happened. He was in any case not under the influence of drugs or other intoxicating substances at the time of the stabbing," De Four said.

Veerle Heeren, social welfare minister for the regional Flemish government, said she would be investigating security measures at the center.

Residents were flabbergasted, thinking at first that all the police sirens meant a repeat of the 2007 prison break at a nearby jail. "(It's) something you hear about from America, not here," said bake shop owner Bie Hoornaert.


Bill Warner
private investigator
WBI Inc Private Detective Agency
Sarasota Fl