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Belgian 'linked to fourth murder'

Man mourns outside the Fabeltjesland daycare centre (25 January 2009)
The victims' families were too grief-stricken to take part in Sunday's vigil

The Belgian man charged with killing two babies and a nurse at a creche near Brussels is also suspected of killing an elderly woman, officials have said.

The 20-year-old man has been named by Belgian media as Kim De Gelder.

He was arrested following Friday's knife rampage through a nursery in the town of Dendermonde, in which 13 people were also hurt - most of them babies.

On Monday, officials said he was also suspected of stabbing a woman to death near Dendermonde earlier this month.

Prosecutor Christian Du Four told journalists the man was believed to have been behind "an abominable crime committed against a 73-year-old woman on 16 January".

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There were "very clear indications of links between the murders", he said.

The woman was stabbed to death in her flat in Beveren, near the northern city of Antwerp, while her husband was out visiting neighbours, according to the AFP news agency.

Town shocked

On Sunday as many as 6,000 people marched in silence through Dendermonde, a small town in the north-west of Belgium.

Mourners laid wreaths at the site of the attack, where the two babies, who have been named as Korneel and Leon, were killed along with 54-year-old nursery worker Marita Blindeman, who died trying to protect them.

The local mayor said the Fabeltjesland daycare centre would never re-open.

The families of the victims were said to be too grief-stricken to take part in the vigil.

Fabeltjesland daycare centre (25 January 2009)
The mayor said the Fabeltjesland daycare centre would never re-open

The man charged with the stabbings and murders is due to appear in court on Tuesday. He was arrested hours after Friday's attack at the nursery.

Prosecutors said the suspect has refused to speak about the incident, or reveal his motives.

The attack reportedly began after the suspect rang the doorbell at the nursery and told staff he needed some information.

When they opened the door, he ran in and "quickly pulled out a knife and started using it on the children", Mr Du Four said.

"He then went up to another floor and started doing the same thing again," he added.

The 10 children injured in the attack all had "multiple stab wounds on their legs, arms and all over their bodies", doctors said.

Mr Du Four said that man probably intended to attack other nurseries after carrying out the first attack.

"He had a list of three creches in Dendermonde, including the one where he acted," the prosecutor said.



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