Fourth person dies after Brussels Jewish Museum shooting

BRUSSELS Fri Jun 6, 2014 12:12pm EDT

A police officer stands guard behind Belgian and Israeli flags at the Jewish Museum in Brussels June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A police officer stands guard behind Belgian and Israeli flags at the Jewish Museum in Brussels June 1, 2014.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian man shot in the attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels died on Friday, bringing the death toll to four.

Federal prosecutors said the 24-year-old museum worker, who had been in a critical state since the May 24 shooting, died early on Friday afternoon.

An Israeli couple and a French woman were also killed when a gunman opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle.

French national Mehdi Nemmouche, arrested in the southern city of Marseille on May 30, is suspected of having carried out the attack.

French prosecutors said he was carrying a Kalashnikov, another gun and ammunition similar to that used in the shooting and that he was a repeat-offender who had spent most of 2013 fighting in Syria with Islamist rebels.

Nemmouche, 29, refused to be extradited from France to Belgium during a court hearing on Wednesday. His refusal is likely only to delay rather than block his eventual transfer to Brussels.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Andrew Roche)

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A prime example of the filthy radical extremists leaving Syria and attacking the west. Assad is not the man of the future of Syria but he is the man of the moment, if he should fall attacks like this will become a common thing.

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