A 33-year-old man made international news on December 14 when he unleashed a volley of bullets and grenades into a group of bystanders near a Christmas market in Liege, Belgium. The attacker, a Belgian of Moroccan descent, killed a toddler and two teenage boys in this onslaught before killing himself. Over 120 people were wounded, some reportedly being blinded by flying shrapnel.
The motive of the attacker is still under investigation, but the Karachi Post in Pakistan reports that the attack was linked to the sentencing of an Islamic family charged with killing Sadia Sheikh over her refusal to accept an arranged marriage. If true, this motive would make the attack the latest events in a gruesome string of Islamist violence stretching across Europe.