So, some goon in Belgium lights up a Christmas celebration with hand grenades and small arms fire, killing at least three people and wounding some 45.
If, like me, your antennae quiver when you hear of such an event, your suspicions are if anything enhanced rather than otherwise when you learn that the attacker’s name was “Nordine Amrani”. Which doesn’t sound terribly Belgique, does it? As best as I can tell from a casual Google search, the surname “Amrani” is of North African provenance. Think Egypt and Morocco, although there are also Israeli references.
Amrani apparently had a long criminal record, to include firearms offenses.
But what followed immediately after the attacker’s naming in the BBC bears scrutiny:
He was named as Nordine Amrani, aged 33. He was known to police for firearms offences. Officials said the attacker acted alone, ruling out terrorism.
Well, the people in the square were certainly terrorized. And since when did an act of terrorism require partnership?
Too soon to say his real motive. Far too soon to start wishing unpleasant ones away.