Three die in child care center attack in Belgium

January 24, 2009, Saturday/ 19:43:00
A man with a white painted face and blackened eyes fatally stabbed two infants and a woman at a child care center in western Belgium on Friday before cycling away. Eleven other children and two other women workers were wounded and being treated at local hospitals, authorities said. Three of the children were in a critical condition. The assailant arrived at the creche at around 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) saying he wanted to ask a question, but then leapt into one of the rooms to launch his attack before stabbing more victims in another room. The man cycled away before being arrested at around 11.30 a.m. The creche, in the town of Dendermonde, 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of Brussels, held 18 children aged up to 3 years and 6 adults at the time.
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