Mass shootings in Europe14 december 2011, 14:07
The shootings in the eastern Belgian city of Liege and Florence, Italy, on December 13 have several precedents over the past 10 years in Europe:
- September 27, 2001 - SWITZERLAND
A man bursts into the local assembly in the central Swiss town of Zug and opens fire, killing 14 members of parliament and local government then turning the gun on himself.
People stand in front a of a memorial plaque to remember the victims of an attack at the regional parliament, in front of a government building in the central Swiss town of Zug. ©Reuters
- March 27, 2002 - FRANCE
Eight local councillors are killed and 19 injured when a man opens fire on members of the municipal council of Nanterre, outside Paris. He kills himself the next day while in police custody.
- April 26, 2002 - GERMANY
Sixteen people, including 12 teachers and two students, are gunned down at a school in Erfurt in eastern Germany by a 19-year-old former student, apparently in revenge for having been expelled, who then killed himself.
People lay flowers for the victims of the shooting in the Gutenberg secondary school during a memorial service outside the cathedral of Erfurt. ©Reuters
- November 7, 2007 - FINLAND
An 18-year-old goes on a shooting rampage in a school in the southern Finnish town of Tuusula, killing eight people before shooting himself.
A frame taken from YouTube footage shows student Pekka-Eric Auvinen who opened fire at Jokela High School school in southern Finland November 7, 2007. ©Reuters/YouTube
- September 23, 2008 - FINLAND
Eleven people, including the 22-year-old gunman, die in a massacre at a training school at Kauhajoki, Finland.
- March 11, 2009 - GERMANY
Nine pupils, three teachers and three passers-by are killed in a school shooting at Winnenden in southern Germany by a former pupil who then kills himself.
Family and friends of the shooting victims attend a memorial ceremony in front of the Albertville Realschule (school) in Winnenden. ©Reuters
- June 2, 2010 - ENGLAND
Twelve people are killed when a 52-year-old taxi driver goes on a shooting spree in the English region of Cumbria, before killing himself.
- April 9, 2011 - THE NETHERLANDS
A gunman opens fire in a packed mall in the Netherlands, killing six people before shooting himself dead.
- July 22, 2011- NORWAY
A bomb attack on government buildings in Oslo that kills eight is followed by a shooting which kills 69 at a summer holiday camp organised by the ruling Labour party on the island of Utoeya, near to the capital. A right-wing extremist is arrested for carrying out both attacks.
Flowers are placed in commemoration of the victims of a shooting as a child walks through a lake near the Utoeya island in Sundvollen. ©Reuters
- December 13, 2011 - BELGIUM
Three people, plus the gunman, are killed when a man, armed with grenades, opens fire on a square packed with children and Christmas shoppers in the eastern Belgian city of Liege.
Medical team with ambulances and police on the Saint-Lambert square in Liege after a man threw multiple grenades on December 13, 2011. ©AFP
In ITALY a far-right militant kills two Senegalese street vendors and wounds three people in a shooting spree in Florence after which he apparently kills himself.
Policemen stand by bodies of two Senegalese vendors who were killed on a market on December 13, 2011 in Florence. ©AFP