Belgian Police Hunt Jewish Museum Killer As 2 French Jews Are Assaulted

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Belgian police are expected to release images Sunday of the suspected lone gunman who killed three people in a shooting at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels.

Two of those killed in Saturday’s attack are Israeli and the third is French, deputy public prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch told reporters in Brussels.

The Israelis were a couple in their 50s from Tel Aviv, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

The seriously injured victim, who is still hospitalized, is Belgian, according to Van Wymersch.

Belgian authorities are hunting the suspect, believed to have been acting alone, who entered the museum and carried out the attack, Van Wymersch said.

Investigators hope the public will help to identify the suspect, who the images show was armed and well prepared, she said.

A person who was detained Saturday soon after the shooting is considered a witness and not a suspect, Van Wymersch added. That witness was not seen in surveillance video recorded during the attack, she said.

The circumstances of the shooting have raised suspicions that it may have been an anti-Semitic attack, but no motive has been determined. Van Wymersch said it was too early to determine whether the attack was an act of terrorism or motivated by anti-Semitism.

On Saturday, Belgium’s Interior Ministry raised its terror alert level Saturday in the wake of the attack.

Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet told a news conference that the security threat level was at its highest at locations frequented by the Jewish community across the country. This measure is precautionary, she added.

The European Jewish Congress also decried the attack, the group’s president, Moshe Kantor, said in a statement.

“While we don’t yet have full information regarding the background to this attack, we are acutely aware of the permanent threat to Jewish targets in Belgium and across the whole of Europe,” he said.

Jewish men targeted in France

In neighboring France, two Jewish men were assaulted late Saturday as they were leaving a synagogue in Creteil, outside Paris, the French Interior Ministry said Sunday.

Two men were involved in the aggression against the two Jewish men, who are bruised, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said in an interview with CNN affiliate BFMTV.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve instructed police and other authorities to strengthen security at Jewish sites while looking for the perpetrators of Saturday’s incident, which he strongly condemned, according to the ministry.

In the wake of the attack in Brussels, Cazeneuve reaffirmed his determination to fight those who commit murderous acts and spread racism as well as well as anti-Semitism, the ministry said.