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Fourth Jewish Museum shooting victim dies in hospital

11:31 10/06/2014

The 25-year-old man injured by a gunman at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels on 24 May has died of his injuries, bringing the death toll to four. Alexandre Strens was of Belgian nationality and was employed at the museum. An Israeli couple and a French woman died at the scene of the shooting attack.

The suspect arrest for the crime, 29-year-old Mehdi Nemmouche, remains in custody in France awaiting extradition to Belgium to face terrorist charges. Those now include four counts of terrorist murder.

The French man, who had previously travelled to Syria to fight with Islamist rebels, denies taking part in the attack and claims that he stole the weapons found in his possession when he was arrested in Marseilles a week after the attack.

Nemmouche is alleged to have entered the museum on the afternoon of 24 May and shot Emmanuel and Miriam Riva of Israel with a handgun. He then took out a Kalashnikov rifle with a folding stock and fired on 60-year-old Dominique Chabrier, a volunteer at the museum, and Strens. 

A French court is expected to rule on the extradition of Nemmouche later this week. 

Written by Alan Hope