Belgian Terrorist Attack in Liege claimed by ISIS
June 1, 2018 | Brainwave Science
A prison inmate on an extremist watchlist was given a two-day furlough in Belgium — and promptly killed two female cops and a civilian while shouting “Allahu Akbar!’’ during the terror attack, police said. Benjamin Herman, a 36-year-old Belgian national, was on a 48-hour leave when he killed two policewomen and a bystander. By 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Belgian-born man — who was on a police watchlist because of his contacts with Islamic extremists, according to Agence France- Presse — was hunting cops with a knife. “The goal of the attacker was to target the police,” said Liège Police Chief Christian Beaupre. He then grabbed one of the cop’s handguns and shot them both dead. After killing the cops, Herman then walked down the street and fatally fired at Cyril Vangriecken, 22, as he sat in a parked car next to his mother, according to the Dutch language newspaper Laatste Nieuws. The attacker then ran into a local high school, where he took a female janitor hostage and was gunned down in a hail of 26 bullets by elite officers, four of whom were wounded in the firefight. None of the children were hurt. Following this terror events, the ISIS Terror group claimed the attack as the perpetrator was a “soldier of [ISIS’s] caliphate”.
Terrorism is a problem affecting nations across the globe. With terrorists always on the rise, law enforcement worldwide is challenged to find new ways to stop their plans. These days, terrorist organizations like ISIS recruit believers through Social Media. This medium is also used to spread their violent propaganda. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Belgium. Attacks could happen anywhere, including on public transport and transport hubs. In this recent Liege street attack, ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack. The gunman reportedly shouted, “Allahu Akbar” – “God is greatest” in Arabic – during the attack and had been in contact with radical Islamists in jail in 2016 and early 2017. He was however considered to be more of a fringe figure and not influential. Federal prosecutors, for their part, said that there was evidence that they were dealing with “terrorist murder,” adding that Mr. Herman appeared to have responded to online calls from the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) to stab police officers and use their service weapons to cause carnage. So how can law enforcement gather intelligence about this ISIS street terror attacks and better strategize in order to prevent these types of attacks from happening?
When it comes to nation-threatening problems such as terrorism, iCognative by Brainwave Science is the ultimate investigative tool. Developed to distinguish between innocents and suspects by detecting concealed or hidden information in the brain, iCognative can aid law enforcement worldwide. In the Belgian terror attack in Liege, iCognative can offer investigative agents new intelligence that is of use to find the terrorist connections and identify various people connected to the network. The iCognative test can be conducted on any suspect that is of relevance to the case, like witnesses, perpetrator’s friends and family, inmates that knew him and his plans, other ISIS terrorists connected to the network etc. For the test to be conducted, needs the test case to be built. This means that the investigative agent will input into the system information that is confidential and relevant to the perpetrator and used as stimuli for the test. In this case, the following facts are examples if they are not disclosed: the location of the attack, time of the attack – 10 AM, the knife used to stab the two policemen, the gun used, the parked car, the school or the name of the cleaning lady he took hostage. All this information will be input into the iCognative system as words or phrases or pictures, depending on their available form. Brain responses will be collected for all these stimuli while presenting to each suspect in a random fashion. After the test, the system analyses the brain’s response to each stimulus. It relies on detecting a distinct change in electrical activity when a human brain responds to the sight of familiar stimuli. If the information is present or absent in the brain, the system will determine this with over 99% accuracy.
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