Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Two killed, Ten Injured in Grenade Attack in Belgium

Although details are still sketchy and motive unknown, two people were killed and at least ten injured earlier today (December 13), at a bus stop shelter in a hand grenade and small arms attack in the eastern Belgian city of Liège. It is believed that one of those killed was the assailant.

According to media reports, the unnamed assailant threw several grenades at a bus shelter in Place Saint-Lambert, a busy downtown square. According to witnesses, the explosions were followed by small arms fire.

COMMENT: Place Saint-Lambert is a busy crossroads: every day 1800 buses serve the square, which leads to downtown shopping streets.

Although I have reported on a number of grenade attacks in recent months, most generally occur in developing countries. As most of our readers know, in today's uncertain and increasingly perilous world, I advocate that all of us be vigilant and observant in terms of what is going on around us, which includes observing people at all times.

Unfortunately, most people are so used to watching the use of firearms and grenades on television and in movies, that when it occurs in real life we often don't believe it is happening. Nevertheless, we must educate ourselves that attacks such as these can and do occur even in developed countries. If you recall, it was just a few days ago that a lone gunmen opened fire on vehicles and pedestrians in Holywood (CA). Fortunately, he was quickly shot and killed by police.

Most fragmentation grenades that are used in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, etc. originate from the countries of the former Soviet Union.

One reason that I vigorously promote being deliberately observant of people around us is that it is far better to see an imminent threat before it occurs and take evasive action by putting as much distance between yourself and a grenade as possible. Generally, a grenade can kill targets within 15 meters; after that minor injuries can occur.

As for small arms fire, if we ever find ourselves being shot at, DON'T run, but seek cover (physical objects that can prevent us from being injured) or less so, concealment, which only veils us from being observed by assailants. Concealment will not protect you from being injured.

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