According to investigators, Benjamin Herman, who shot dead two female police officers and a civilian in the city of Liège had killed a former prisoner he met while in jail a day before carrying the attack. The Islamic State group (IS), which has claimed previous attacks in Belgium, said it was behind the shootings, but has not offered any evidence to support the claim. Herman is believed to have been radicalized while serving time in jail. He was released a day before he carried out the attack under the terms of the temporary release, and was expected to return to jail on the day of the attack. According to Justice Minister, Koen Geens, the decision to release him, was intended to help him prepare for his full release scheduled for 2020.
A man armed with a knife attacked and wounded two female police officers outside the Cafe des Augustins on Boulevard d’Avroy in the eastern city of Liege. The attacker-- who allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar"-- grabbed the weapon of one of the officers and shot them and a passerby to death. The attacker then ran into the nearby Waha High School building where he took a female cleaner hostage. About 60 minutes into the incident, police officers shot and killed the suspect. Two police officers were wounded in the fire exchange.