On Sunday morning, a group of Belgian carnival performers were preparing for a parade when a car drove at high speed through the area, injuring ten people and killing six.
The incident occurred in Strepy-Bracquegnies, a southern Belgium village, 50kms south of Brussels. Mayor Jacques Gobert of the neighbouring town of La Louviere said “a speeding car drove into the crowd, the driver then continued on his way.”
Mr Gobert said there were between 150-200 people gathered to get ready for the return of the annual folklore parade, after covid halted the festivities the last two years.
Prosecutor Damien Verheyen said in a news conference “at this stage, there are no elements to suggest that the attack had a terrorist motive.”
The car was later intercepted and two locals, both in their 30s, were detained. Media reports insinuated that the car was in a high-speed chase, but police later denied the reports.
Annalise Verlinden, Belgian Interior Minister, described the incident as devastating, saying ” what should have been a great party turned into a tragedy.”