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Fatalities as car smashes into carnival in southern Belgium

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In the Belgian town of Strépy-Bracquegnies, a motorist has rammed into a group of carnival celebrants. At least six people were killed and 90 people were injured, 20 of them seriously.

According to the Belgian broadcaster RTBF, there were two men in the car who was on the run from the police. They would have driven into a group of waiting carnival celebrants at high speed. The carnival-goers were gathering for a carnival procession later in the day in the center of Strépy-Bracquegnies in southern Belgium. After the collision, the drivers also tried to continue driving but were then arrested by the police.

The city council has now announced a contingency plan. Emergency services arrived en masse and the mayor, Gobert van La Louvière, spoke after a “catastrophe” . Minister Verlinden of the Interior has expressed her condolences to the victims via social media.

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