A gunman has killed two police officers and a civilian in the eastern Belgian city of Liège. Two other policemen were injured.
BBC reports that although his motive is not clear, the authorities have treated it as an act of terrorism.
The gunman took a female cleaner hostage at a school before being killed by police.
Police sources quoted in local media said the man was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic).
Belgian broadcaster RTBF said the gunman was let out from prison on temporary release on Monday where he had been serving time on drug offenses. It said that he may have been radicalised while in jail.The shooting unfolded late morning on Tuesday near a cafe in the city centre.
Prosecutors said the man followed and attacked police with a knife, before taking a gun from them and opening fire.
He also shot dead a man who was sitting in the passenger seat of a passing car.
The gunman then fled to a nearby school and briefly took a hostage.
Footage on social media showed people running to safety as several gunshots rang out. Children at the school were moved to safety.
Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel said he was following the situation closely and expressed his support for those caught up in the shooting.