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    http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...s_N.htm?csp=34


    Belgium: Stab suspect had other day-care addresses 1/24/2009 11:14 AM'


    BRUSSELS (AP) — A man accused of a day-care center stabbing spree was carrying a backpack of weapons and the addresses of three other nurseries when he was arrested, Belgian authorities said Saturday . Prosecutor Christian Du Four said the man held in Friday's fatal rampage lived alone, was unemployed and had no criminal record or previously known mental problems.
    Three judicial officials told The Associated Press that police found the addresses of the other nurseries after taking the man into custody. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not being publicly released.
    Du Four said the suspect wore a bulletproof vest under his clothing and had a knife, an axe and a fake pistol. He said that police also found two other knives near the daycare center where a 9-month old girl, a 6-month old boy and a 54-year-old caregiver were killed.
    Du Four said he would not comment on whether the suspect planned other attacks.
    Investigators believe the suspect entered the Fabeltjesland creche at around 10 a.m. on Friday with an eight-inch knife and started stabbing and slashing the children. He had painted his face white with black patches around the eyes.
    Dr. Ignace Demeyer, from Our Lady Hospital in nearby Aalst said six of the 10 wounded children could be released from care over the weekend. Two adults were also hurt. All those hurt were in stable condition Saturday.
    The prosecutor's office in the town of Dendermonde, located northwest of Brussels, said the man was charged with three counts of murder.
    Du Four said the suspect, whom local media have identified as "Kim D," is refusing to cooperate with police after hours of questioning at a police station in Dendermonde where he is being held.
    "The man has so far not admitted to anything and has refused to do so," Du Four said at a press conference in Dendermonde. He added the suspect has been placed under judicial arrest and in custody until a court hearing expected on Tuesday.
    The man in question was charged on the basis of identifications by eyewitnesses at the day-care center, Du Four said.
    Police have also searched his house and seized a computer.
    "We don't know anything in terms of motive, we also don't know whether there is a link between the man and Dendermonde," said Du Four.
    One worker tried but failed to disarm the suspect, who walked out of the building and rode off on a bicycle. He was later arrested in a nearby town.
    Many gathered outside the building Saturday to leave flowers and teddy bears and light candles.
    "We thought that things like this only happened in the United States and now we see that in Belgium, in a small village like this ... that such a thing could happen, it is very, very bad," said local resident Serge De Plecker.
    Some 40,000 people also joined a condolences and support page on the Facebook networking site.
    A march and vigil outside the center was also planned for the coming days, said Dendermonde Mayor Piet Buyse.
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    If someone had been armed at this day care center, there is a good chance 3 people(2 infants) would not be dead and 10(mostly kids) would not have been wounded. Granted the first few would have been attacked, but after that...

    In this case, the idea that eliminating law-abibing citizens from carrying firearms around children didn't work out too well. The children were specifically targeted!

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    Think this would have happened in Israel?

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    DocV wrote:
    Think this would have happened in Israel?
    Wow, editing a post or trying to quote two people at once doesn't work at all!

    There might have been one or two stabbings, but it would have ended with the bad-guy dead within moments.


    I think it's tragically ironic that the Belgian man believes that violent crime only happens in the US when the UK has seen increases in violent crimes (specifically stabbings) since firearms were essentially banned.

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    Ban knives...









    ......It's for the children.
    Evangelical lessons are provided upon request. Anyone wishing to meet Jesus can just kick in my door.

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    TechnoWeenie wrote:
    Ban knives...









    ......It's for the children.
    Too late, England is already doing it.

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