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Six individuals killed after automobile crashes into carnival crowd in Belgium

Abnother 10 individuals have been despatched to close by hospitals with life-threatening accidents and 27 have been “slightly injured,” Deputy Crown Prosecutor Damien Verheyen mentioned.

As a gaggle of carnival-goers have been marching in the direction of the city heart, “a car came from the back at high speed and crashed into group, pulverized a large number of people, continuing its way before stopping a little further down,” La Louvière mayor Jacques Gobert instructed reporters.

The two males who have been within the automobile, each from La Louvière and born in 1988 and 1990, have been arrested, Verheyen mentioned. He added {that a} “reconstruction of the facts” will likely be held so as to set up the precise route of the car and any potential motive.

The incident occurred at 5 a.m. native time. Strépy-Bracquegnies is positioned 30 miles (50km) south of Brussels.

There was no proof {that a} chase with police led to the incident, officers mentioned, opposite to earlier stories. They additionally mentioned as but “no elements” confirmed that the incident “could be considered as a terrorist attack.”

Authorities mentioned 5 emergency automobiles and 16 ambulances have been despatched to the scene to move the victims to numerous hospitals within the area — 70 non-injured individuals have been evacuated from the scene.

Belgium’s King Philippe and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo have been anticipated to go to the scene on Sunday at four p.m. native time.

De Croo wrote on Twitter that “his thoughts were with victims and their relatives.”

“Horrible news from Strépy-Bracquegnies. A community gathering to celebrate has been hit in the heart,” he wrote.

Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden additionally tweeted her condolences “to the families and friends to those who died and were injured” within the incident.

“What was supposed to be a friendly party turned into a tragedy. We are following the situation closely,” she wrote in a tweet.

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