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Man shoots Christmas shoppers in Belgium.

Summary: A man who hurled grenades at a bus stop in the Belgian city of Liege and sprayed gunfire at shoppers has killed at least three people.

A man who hurled grenades at a bus stop in the Belgian city of Liege and sprayed gunfire at a square crowded with Christmas shoppers and children has killed at least three people and wounded 123 others.

Witnesses said the gunman, named as Nordine Amrani, 33, began his attack near the bus stop in Place Saint Lambert, a shopping area and the site of the Christmas market.

The victims were a 15-year-old boy, who died at the scene, a 17-year-old boy and a 75-year-old woman who died in hospital.

Liege's mayor, Willy Demeyer, said the two boys had been sitting school exams nearby just before being caught in the attack.

Amrani, released from jail about a year ago after being convicted of possessing weapons illegally, ended his rampage by shooting himself in the head with a handgun, witnesses said.

"He had a bag. He got a grenade out of his bag. He threw the grenade at the bus stop. Then he had a Kalashnikov. He shot in all directions. Then everyone ran to try to save themselves. Then he got a revolver out and put a bullet in his head," one witness told local reporters.

It was not clear what his motive was, but Belgian officials said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism.

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo expressed horror at the attack and travelled to the city, 55 miles east of Brussels. The country's king and queen have also visited.

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