By Hafid Akrout
By Hafid Akrout
Morocco World News
Brussels, April 10, 2012
It was about 6:50 pm on Saturday when the collision occurred at the intersection of Willebroek and l’Allée Verte (Molenbeek-Saint-Jean). A black Citroen C3 tried to enter into l’Allée Verte. The bus driver also accelerated when it was his turn to continue his journey down the same street. The two vehicles crashed head-on.
The Citroen C 3 was totally devastated; it’s two passengers injured, but apparently not enough to not have the time to call some friends to the rescue.
While they were being taken to the hospital, a black Polo arrived on the scene. Its two occupants left the vehicle. They were after the bus driver.
Sensing danger, the supervisor asked the driver to return to his bus and lock themselves within. “Instead of attacking the driver, one of the two individuals made his way for the supervisor. Whether the driver of the car was intoxicated and he had previously run a red light, it is still too early to confirm, but this information was indeed raised by witnesses who were on the bus.
The alleged killer was arrested that day. According to some sources, he was immediately taken to the hospital where he joined his friends.
The supervisor did not survive his injuries. The man experienced multiple facial fractures and suffered a brain hemorrhage, evidence of the extreme violence shown by his attackers.
As a consequence of this tragedy, Brussels has been paralyzed. The management of the STIB has decided to stop operating the network. Metros, trams and buses will not run before the scheduled meeting with Joëlle Milquet (Minister of Interior), which was set for Monday, in principle, to discuss the urgent measures to be taken to ensure security of the Company’s employees and vehicles.
It is worth noting that it is believed that the killer is Moroccan. The neighborhood where the accident occurred is inhabited by large numbers of Moroccan families.
The accident is to be turned into a political trauma where the questions of immigration and security will be raised again especially during these days, when the Belgian government may adopt a very severe policy towards illegal immigrants.
Also, Belgians may remember, the burning of a mosque last month (one imam was killed) or the events of Liege, when a mad Belgian (Tunisian by origins) opened fire on students. The levels of crime are rising in Belgium, and every time it is the immigrants who are involved.
Hafid Akrout is Morocco world News corespondent in Brussels, Belgium.
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