Three people killed in shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum

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Posted: May 24, 2014 12:18 PM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Three people were killed and one seriously injured during a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday, with Belgium's interior minister saying anti-Semitic motives could be behind the attack.

A spokesman for the Brussels fire brigade said the shooter drove up to the museum, went inside and fired shots.

"According to the information we have at the moment, it was a solitary shooter and it seems to have happened inside the museum," Pierre Meys, Brussels fire brigade spokesman, told French channel BFM TV.

"There were a lot of witnesses and the investigation is moving fast."

Belgium's interior minister, Joƫlle Milquet, was quoted saying by the RTBF Belgian television station that anti-Semitic motives could be behind the attack.

"It's a shooting ... at the Jewish Museum," she was quoted saying. "All of this can lead to suspicions of an act of anti-Semitism."

Police cordoned off the area, a busy tourist district in central Brussels packed with cafes and restaurants.

(Reporting by Justyna Pawlak and Gregory Blachier; Editing by Sophie Hares)