Police officers prepare to lay flowers on a memorial in Liege, Belgium, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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Belgian authorities faced questions Wednesday over why a prison inmate, suspected of links to radical Islamists in jail, was let out for a day, enabling him to carry out what police called a "terrorist attack" in the city of Liege. The justice minister, who oversees the prison service, said he felt "responsible" for Tuesday's bloodshed in which two policewomen and a bystander were killed. Interior Minister Jan Jambon said authorities were still examining the motives of Benjamin Herman, a 31-year-old Belgian drug dealer who had been in jail for years but was let out for two days Monday to prepare for an eventual release in 2020 .Herman had shouted "Allahu akbar," the Muslim affirmation of faith, during his attack and he had had contact with Islamist radicals in jail in 2016 and early 2017 .In Belgium, a prisoner's inclusion on a state security list as a suspected radical Islamist is not automatically passed onto all police or the prison service, experts say.
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