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Six now confirmed dead in Belgian Carnival crash

Six people have died and 10 have sustained life-threatening injuries after a car drove into a Carnival gathering in the southern Belgian town of Strépy-Bracquegnies, says a rescue services spokesperson.

Brussels, 20 March 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Six people have died and 10 have sustained life-threatening injuries after a car drove into a Carnival gathering in the southern Belgian town of Strépy-Bracquegnies, says a rescue services spokesperson.

A further 27 people were slightly injured, the spokesperson said. Initially, four people had been reported dead.

It remained unclear why the car had driven into the crowd of people. A spokesperson for the state prosecution stressed that there were no indications of a terrorist motive. The people sitting in the car were locals, born in 1988 and 1990, and had been arrested, he said.

The mayor of La Louvière, Jacques Gobert, said the car had apparently driven into the group at high speed.

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