Liege policemen take part in a tribute ceremony for the vicitms of a shooting in Liege on May 30, 2018. / AFP / Emmanuel DUNAND
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Benjamin Herman, who shot three people dead in a suspected terror attack in eastern Belgium, was a serial petty criminal with a drug problem who may have been radicalized in prison.The 31-year-old Belgian was known to police since adolescence and had been in and out of prison for robbery and drug offences. Herman's name appeared in police and state security reports about radicals, though he was not the subject of the reports.Herman attacked police officers with a knife before taking their guns to shoot people.Herman and his brother were both reported to be cocaine and heroin addicts.Herman was granted temporary release from prison on Monday morning for "family leave".In a separate investigation, prosecutors also suspect Herman killed another man on the eve of his rampage.
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