Fri 23/01/09 16:27 (UPDATE video) - Three
people were killed in a stabbing at a daycare centre in Sint-Gillis,
part of the municipality of Dendermonde (East Flanders). Two children
and one adult have died and some 10 childen were injured. The assailant
was arrested by the police. According
to eyewitness reports a man went on a rampage causing a bloodbath in
the daycare. His face was painted black and white. The attacker went
into the daycare, pulled a knife and started stabbing anyone in his
3 people were killed. Some 10 injured children were taken to hospitals in the
The municiple disaster plan was immediatly called into effect, following the
report of the incident.
Ambulances were speeding to and from the creche. A police helicopter
was deployed to look for the perpetrator, who left the scene of the
crime by bicycle. He was reportedly detained in a nearby supermarket.
Earlier reports from the creche referred to chaos and panic in the
daycare centre. Employees who were not hurt in the rampage are in
Federal Home Affairs Minister Guido De Padt (Flemish liberal) arrived at the
scene of the crime within a couple of hours.
Flemish Welfare Minister Veerle Heeren was also there. Both officials
are shocked about what happened and extend condolences to the families
of the victims.