10,000 Commemorate Bomb Victims

Close to 10,000 people marched through Antwerp’s Jewish area today to commemorate the victims of Tuesday’s bomb explosion which killed two women and wounded

over 100 people, some of whom are still in critical condition. The demonstrators shouted slogans such as “Stop the terror” and “outlaw the PLO” and called on the Belgian authorities to take the necessary measures to prevent a renewal of terrorist attacks. In spite of the cold autumn rain, delegations from France, Britain, Holland and other countries took part in the march.

Police in Antwerp said that two suspects are still being questioned but that the investigation has not yet reached any conclusive results. Police today said that contrary to some media reports, two women died in the blast, not three. Several of the injured are still on the danger list and local authorities said the casualty list could eventually be much higher.

In Liege, a city close to Antwerp, police cleared the Jewish area after passersby reported a suspicious car in the synagogue vicinity. An anonymous caller claiming to represent the Palestinian terrorist group Black September had warned that more explosions will take place. After police sappers examined the car and its contents, the curfew was lifted.

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