Belgian-made Light Automatic Rifle
Nordine Amrani - how did rifle end up in his hands?

IDF weapon used in Belgium terror attack?

Rifle used by gunman in Liege terror attack last December found to have IDF imprint, serial number. Defense Ministry: Matter being looked into

A weapon used by a terrorist in the Belgian city of Liege in December previously belonged to the IDF, Ynet has learned. The lone terrorist, Nordine Amrani, shot three people to death and injured over 120 before he committed suicide by shooting himself.


The weapon, a Belgian-made Light Automatic Rifle manufactured by FN Herstal, was used in the IDF in the 60s and 70s before being replaced. Liege investigators were surprised when during the course of the investigation they discovered the IDF symbol imprinted on the old weapon which is similar to the M-16 in length.


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Moreover, the weapon included a serial number and words in Hebrew. Belgian police transferred the unusual findings to the chief security administrator at the Defense Ministry in order to examine how the Israeli weapon got into the wrong hands.


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The scene of the Liege terror attack (Photo: Reuters)


The Military Industry has purchased this type of rifle from the IDF in the past and the Defense Ministry is examining who the weapon was sold on to.


The weapon was in very good condition considering the fact that if it is indeed an IDF weapon it is at least 40 years old. The Defense Ministry confirmed the details and sources noted that "an inquiry was received from the Belgian authorities."


They added: "The matter is being looked into; when the probe is completed the findings will be transferred to Belgian authorities."




פרסום ראשון: 08.20.12, 19:38
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