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Imam killed after man throws firebomb into mosque in Brussels

An imam died of smoke inhalation Monday evening in Brussels, the Belgian capital, after a man threw a firebomb through the window of a Shiite mosque, the Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure reported. The mosque was nearly entirely burned down, the Agence France-Presse reported. 

Worshipers were waiting to pray when someone entered with a bag filled with fuel, an eyewitness told a local state broadcaster, according to the BBC. He then flung the bag into the center of the room.  

A crowd of about 50 people gathered and firefighters tried to revive the imam, but he died on site. He was 46.


A suspect was caught not far from the mosque, La Derniere Heure reported. A second person was injured.

Belgium has about half a million Muslims out of a population of 11 million, Reuters reported. In December, a gunman killed seven people after shooting into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Liege, in eastern Belgium.

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