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Terrorist in Belgium had an AR-15 and handguns

The Islamic terrorist who killed two Swedish people and wounded a third during a soccer match in Brussels on Oct. 16 was in possession of an AR-15. The attacker escaped the stadium, which had more than 35,000 fans in it at the time, sending Belgium into a high-security alert as police launched a manhunt. He was found at a cafe and police shot him to death when they tried to arrest him. The AR-15 was found near him in the cafe. How he obtained the semiautomatic rifle in Europe, where gun laws are much stricter than in the U.S., isn't clear. In American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15, authors McWhirter and Elinson focus mostly on the AR-15's history in the U.S. But the book does mention that the versions of the rifle have been used in combat across the world, and select-fire and semiautomatic versions of the gun have been used by terrorists, guerillas, and drug cartels from Northern Ireland to the Middle East to Latin America.

Terrorist in Belgium used AR-15 rifle


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