Belgium Calls Tuesday’s Attack a Terrorist Act
A man who murdered three people Tuesday in the Belgium city of Liege engaged in an act of terrorism, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Benjamin Herman repeatedly stabbed two female officers with a knife from behind before seizing their handguns and shooting them as they laid on the ground. Herman also shot to death a man who was a passenger in a passing car. Police fatally shot Herman after taking at least one woman hostage at a nearby school.
Investigators said Herman's methods were encouraged in online videos produced by the Islamic State militant group.
Prosecutors said Herman yelled "Allahu akbar," an Arabic expression for "God is great" several times during the killing spree.
Belgium has been on high alert since January 2015, when authorities neutralized a terror cell in a town near Liege that was plotting an attack on police. The cell was linked to the mastermind of the November 2015 IS attacks on Paris that killed 130 people.
In March 2016, IS suicide attackers targeted a Brussels airport and subway station, killing 32 people.
报告中有关伊朗的部分说，伊朗的什叶派穆斯林政权继续以“主罪（enmity against God）”将人处决，包括去年12月在厄尔布尔士省处决4名囚犯以及去年9月在克尔曼省处决4名男子。
US “Horrified” by Reports of Iran Persecuting Religious Minorities
The Trump administration says it is horrified by reports of Iranian government persecution of religious minorities in the Islamist-ruled nation.
Speaking Tuesday at the U.S. State Department, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said the “horrific” reports relate to what he called Iran’s persecution of people who are not part of its Shiite majority and who do not practice religion as the government directs.
He made the comments as he presented the State Department’s 2017 International Religious Freedom Report.
The annual report’s section on Iran said its Islamist rulers continued to execute people on charges of “moharebeh” or “enmity against God,” including four prisoners in Alborz province in December and four men in Kerman province in September.
The U.S. report said Tehran also continued to harass, interrogate and arrest Baha’is, Christians, Sunni Muslims and other religious minorities and to use anti-Semitic and anti-Baha’i rhetoric in official statements.
The report said members of religious minorities – especially Baha’is – continued to face societal discrimination and harassment, with employers experiencing social pressures not to hire Baha’is or to dismiss them from their jobs.