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Liege attacks: Thousands remember victims

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Media captionA memorial service has been held in the Belgian city of Liege, for the five victims of a gun and grenade attack

Up to 3,000 people have attended a remembrance ceremony for the victims of last Tuesday's deadly gun and grenade attack in the Belgian city, Liege.

Nordine Amrani turned his gun on himself after killing two teenaged boys, a 17-month-old toddler and a woman aged 75 in the Place Lambert.

A woman's body was also found later by police in Amrani's shed.

Wreaths of white roses were laid in Place Lambert by Crown Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde and PM Elio di Rupo.

Flowers were also laid by representatives of Belgium's Flemish, Walloon and German regional governments.

Among the many tributes was a white sheet with the slogan: "Never again".

In what was an otherwise silent ceremony, there was applause from the crowd when the emergency services arrived and at one point a trumpeter from the Liege Philharmonic orchestra played the well-known Irish ballad, Danny Boy.

Security in Place Lambert was tight and local media report that police closed the central square's car park shortly afterwards because a suspect package was found.

More than 100 people were also wounded in Amrani's attack. A number are still being treated in hospital; one person is in a critical condition.

The motive for the attack is still unclear, although Amrani, 33, had served time in jail for drugs offences and was thought to be concerned he would face further charges.

More than 9,000 gun parts and 2,800 cannabis plants were found at his home in 2007. He was jailed in 2009 but given parole in October 2010.

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