- - Wednesday, December 14, 2011

BELGIUM

Police find body in garage at grenade-thrower’s home

LIEGE | The body of a woman has been found in the garage of a grenade-throwing gunman, bringing to four the number of people killed in an attack in the city of Liege, officials said Wednesday.

Liege Prosecutor Daniele Reynders said the body of a woman, identified as a cleaning lady in her 40s, was discovered during a search of Nordine Amrani’s property. He said she was killed before the murderous spree in Liege’s main square, which also left 123 people injured.

Ms. Reynders said Amrani, 33, died in Tuesday’s attack in an apparent suicide. He was found with a number of grenades still on him.

“What killed him was a shot in the middle of his forehead,” she said.

Two male teenage students, 15 and 17, also died in the attack, while an 18-month-old toddler died Tuesday evening at a hospital, Liege police said. Several people remain in intensive care.

A 75-year-old woman who initially had been counted among the dead was taken off the list, even though she stands virtually no chance of recovering from her injuries, a spokeswoman for the Liege governor said.

IRAN

Official says Saudi visit refutes U.S. assassination charge

TEHRAN | A rare visit by Iran’s intelligence chief to Saudi Arabia sought to refute U.S. claims that Tehran planned to kill the kingdom’s ambassador to the United States, a senior Iranian official said Wednesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran also wanted to convince Saudi Arabia that the United States and Israel are seeking to sow seeds of discord between the two regional powers.

Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi was reported to have met the Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud during his Tuesday visit. The prince is also the kingdom’s interior minister.

Initially, few reports emerged from the meeting. Saudi diplomats said the two discussed regional issues, including developments in Syria and Bahrain.

Iran has dismissed the U.S. accusations that Tehran was involved in a plot to assassinate Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir, calling the claims “absurd.” Two men, including a member of Iran’s Quds Force special foreign actions unit, have been charged in New York federal court in the plot.

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