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A shooting at the United States Capitol building --

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two are wounded and a gunman arrested after he opened fire

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Funerals for some of the 70 plus people killed at a playground

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suicide bombing in Pakistan -- many of them were children.

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Belgian police release their only suspect in custody after last week's

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Brussels attacks -- citing a lack of evidence

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The first pictures from inside the historic city of Palmyra --

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Be having a look at the front pages. This is the front page of the Metro

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carrying a picture of some of the damage caused by the storm. In

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football, Northern Ireland sees a victory over Slovenia in their

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friendly at Windsor Park and they are now unbeaten in ten games.

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Good evening and welcome to BBC News.

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Police have arrested a gunman after he shot and wounded a police

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officer inside the US Capitol Building visitors centre.

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The building and the White House were put on lockdown earlier

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One policeman and a female bind stander were winded as well as the

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gunmen. The US Capitol police chief said there is no reason to think the

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innocent was anything other than a criminal act and a weapon was found

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at the same. Every day thousands of people visit the United States

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Capitol and the officers and more than 2 million people per year are

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screened through the visitor centre. Today at approximately 2:39 p.m., an

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adult male, subject entered the North screening facility at the

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centre and during routine screening, the individual drew what appeared to

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be a weapon and pointed it at officers. An officer fired and

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struck the suspect who was subsequently treated by medical

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personnel. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the

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hospital for treatment. The suspect is currently undergoing surgery and

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his cadet -- condition is unknown at this time. A weapon was recovered on

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the scene. The Congressional complex was locked down and there was a

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shelter in place based on the initial investigation at around 3:40

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p.m., the lockdown was lifted and that was in all buildings except the

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CDC will weather as counselling processing.

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Our Washington Correspondent Barbara Plett joins us.

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People will be relieved that the police seem to be playing this down

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as not a terrorist attack but a criminal act but it still leaves a

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lot of questions how someone with a gun got so close into a high secure

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area. Yes, he got to the visitor centre which is the gateway which

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all tourists have to go to to get into the Capitol buildings and a

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police officer there said he was apprehended at the screening process

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and he appeared to draw a weapon as he was being screened and he was

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shot, taken to hospital. They would argue that the system worked, he did

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not get through screening and into the buildings. This centre was set

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up after a fatal shooting in 1998 when a number of police officers

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were killed. It is a security element

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that has increased over the years. Certainly the pictures of people

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running and screaming on Capitol Hill, the stories we were told by

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people who had been in the centre, they were told to run or take cover

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or to shelter in place or hit the ground, all of these things raise

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fear in Americans. They are nervous about terrorist attacks because of

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what they hear about happily in Europe and previous attacks. It is a

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very nervous time. Would you say that what we saw, so many armed

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police on the scene very quickly, the arrest very quickly, would you

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say that this was actually a security operation that did go to

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plan, because America is on such high alert? From all the evidence we

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have heard and I asked the people, the tourists who had been at the

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centre how they felt the police responded and they felt that the

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response had been very quick, that the police had been in control, they

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were told what to do, one gentleman said he was outside the building, a

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row of police officers carrying heavy guns, training them on the

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centre, and the man being arrested so quickly, shot as well, and then

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the lockdown happening, not for a very long time, but until it was

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determined that he was an individual, it seems that the

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security response was adequate. Thank you.

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Security forces in Pakistan say they've arrested a number of people

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and seized weapons in the hunt for those behind yesterday's bomb

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The death toll has risen to more than 70 -

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A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed

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responsibility -- saying it was targeting the city's

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Our Correspondent Shaimaa Khalil reports now from Lahore.

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Eerily quiet this morning, the park where dozens

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Families had come here to celebrate Easter,

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but instead, were caught up in carnage.

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A place where children came to play, now the site of a massacre.

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A 16-year-old boy had been at the park with his brother.

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His mother was too distressed to speak.

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All she could tell us was the last time she saw him

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The body of the 16-year-old has just been brought outside his family

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He's just one victim among the dozens killed in yesterday's

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blasts and many families across Lahore will be mourning

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Christians were the target of the bombing by a splinter group

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Christians and Muslims, men, women and children,

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When we came to know, our hearts broke.

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We could not handle ourselves because we knew it was Sunday,

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many Christians and Muslims would be gathered there.

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And when we came to know that the majority was Christian,

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even the Muslims, all are human beings, and really, we cried.

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited survivors today.

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He vowed to hunt down those responsible.

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He admitted that Pakistan's different security agencies needed

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to be better coordinated in the fight against terrorism.

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This is another attempt by government and security forces

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to show strength in the face of a national tragedy.

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But for families burying their dead today any

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security operation will be of little consolation.

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Let's speak to Lord Alton of Liverpool, he's launched a report

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on the plight of religious minorities in Pakistan

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He joins us via webcam from Longridge in Lancashire.

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That report was to try Commons the British Government to see

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persecution as the general issue, the persecution of Christians. Do

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you think this heightens what you're trying to put forward? The report

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was published a few weeks ago in Parliament. It was at attempt to

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demonstrate to the government that Christians in Pakistan are not

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facing discrimination, the phrase the Home Office used, but they are

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facing outright persecution and the Taliban made it clear that they are

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specifically targeting Christians and this was a particularly cowardly

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attack where children and women were targeted in an audio violence. The

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genesis of these events was really five years ago when the Minister for

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minorities was assassinated and since then there has been a culture

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of ingenuity as religious minorities have been hunted down, there have

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been killings, there have been rapes and abductions, forced conversions,

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a whole litany of things that need to be addressed and the culture of

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impunity in Pakistan needs to be changed. We have both seen what

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happens to those Christians who flee Pakistan to countries like Thailand

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where asylum is not recognised, they are often locked up in prisons. What

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difference would it make if the British Government did recognise the

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persecution of Christians in a more general scenario? With that mean

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they could find refuge in the UK? After I visited the detention

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centres, that report has helped to concentrate the minds of just the

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British Government but the United Nations High Commission of refugees,

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some of these questions and there are thousands of them, many of them

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are held in appalling conditions, the United Nations say that the

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conditions in Thailand prisons are worse than the detention centres and

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yet they are not processing asylum claims and that is the key. Many

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countries are key -- keen to accept asylum seekers from Pakistan but

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unless the United Nations speed up applications they will continue to

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languish in prisons. One of the things I saw in the documentary was

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that people, men and boys, women and girls sharing accommodation, small

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rooms where there is not enough room to sleep on the floor and people

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have to stand around the walls while others had a chance to sleep, women,

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lactating mothers, women with babies, young children in those

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conditions, it is their ages. I think events in Lahore might help to

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concentrate the minds of the government of Pakistan particularly

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about the reasons why people are fleeing these horrors. When the

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state of Pakistan was founded in 1947 it was based on a constitution

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and it was said that it was a place where all minorities would be able

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to live in equality and diversity and that is paid in the not the case

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today. The buck does stop of Pakistan, people would not have to

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run if there was not so much persecution and Human Rights Watch

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in 2015 criticised the Pakistani government for not doing enough to

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protect them religious minorities, is that fair criticism and with the

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British Government be better off putting more pressure on the

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Pakistani government to do more? Certainly add one of the

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recommendations we made in our report, which was taken after

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several days of evidence taking both in London and amongst people who had

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flee -- who had fled persecution, is that the Pakistan government is the

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key to making the situation better but the British Government gives

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over half ?1 billion in development aid to Pakistan, they are the

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biggest recipients of bilateral aid and we should be demanding that that

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money is used to create protection for these minorities and also an end

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to the culture of impunity that does not bring people to justice for the

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horrors they perpetrate. Thank you. A man who was charged

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with "terrorist murder" just two days ago over the Brussels attacks

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has this afternoon been released Belgium's federal prosecutor's

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office now says it does not have enough evidence to continue

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holding the suspect, It means that Belgian police

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are still hunting for the man seen here in the light jacket and hat

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on CCTV from Brussels airport He's believed to still be on the run

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after his bomb failed to detonate. Authorities say the two men with him

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- Najim lash-RAA-wi and Ibrahim El The death toll has now risen to 35 -

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that excludes three suicide Our correspondent Anna Holligan gave

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us this update from Brussels. This is quite a remarkable

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development, given that Faycel C was the only person

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who had been charged with terrorist murders in connection

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with those attacks Belgian police have just released

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a statement saying that the evidence that led to his arrest

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could not be validated. The circumstances of his arrest

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were interesting in themselves. He was picked up outside

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the prosecutor's office here in Belgium

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and he was charged. Belgian media had been reporting

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that Faycal C was the third man in that CCTV footage taken

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from the airport before the man in white on the

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right of the screen. He, Faycal C,

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has been released without charge. The man in the CCTV video has

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not been identified. This was that decision

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by the Belgian authorities today. They have asked for anyone

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with information about this man, anyone who recognises

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him, to come forward and share their information

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with the police. Earlier I spoke to Evan Lawrence

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who's a specialist in counter terrorism at the University

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of Central Lancashire. She said it was unlikely the suspect

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who had been released was an imminent

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threat to the public. I think that realistically the

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police have enough power is in most countries that if they suspect the

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-- suspected someone of being an imminent threat to society, they

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have those safeguards in place where they can hold that person without

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charging them. So, to me, this tells us that we have a case of perhaps

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mistaken identity or the evidence that they have is not able to be

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admissible in a court. Perhaps they want that person released to follow

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up and see where he goes and what he does. So there are a couple of

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different reasons but certainly the police would not be releasing anyone

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that was going to be an imminent threat to society. The police will

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be able to monitor him and watches every move? Absolutely. I would be

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surprised if he does not have some form of tracking device, whether it

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is an ankle bracelet or something along those lines. He will certainly

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be being watched closely by the police, but it may be a case of

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mistaken identity, it may be a case of someone wanting to take credit

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for something they did not do as well. That happens in these kinds of

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situations. Let us bring you up-to-date with the latest

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headlines. The shooting at the United States Capitol building, two

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were wooded and gunmen arrested after he opened fire at visitor

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centre. Funerals for some of the 70 plus people killed at a playground

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suicide bombing in Pakistan, many of them were children. As we have just

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been hearing, Belgian police release their only suspect in custody after

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the attacks in Brussels last week, citing a lack of evidence against

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him. Storm Katie has battered large parts

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of Southern Britain - leaving flights cancelled,

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property damaged - and thousands of

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people without power. Gusts of up to 106mph were recorded

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- as more than 100,000 homes were left without power

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at the height of the winds, with thousands still awaiting

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reconnection tonight. The Environment Agency has also

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issued 27 flood warnings Robert Hall reports

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from Woodley in Berkshire. A rude awakening after

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the Easter weekend. Storm Katie may have arrived

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while most of us were asleep, but there was no missing

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its journey east. The storm dismantled three

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stories of scaffolding. Some of these businesses

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will be closed for one to two days until

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scaffolding is repaired. We also have to make sure

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electricity lines or anything untoward, making sure

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all the residents are safe In Gosport in Hampshire a series

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of storm force gusts tore the entire Suddenly we heard this tremendous

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crash and the whole building And that kind of got us out

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of bed quite quickly. The storm had tracked

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from Cornwall to the North Sea. Toppling trees, damaging buildings,

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bringing down power lines. At its peak the gale had enough

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force to twist this tower crane Along the south coast

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there were warnings of coastal flooding and ferry

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sailings were disrupted. More than 80 flights were cancelled

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at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and some fights that did attempt

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to make it in were forced to abort. An uncomfortable few minutes

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for travellers on the way home. In the Thames Valley,

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the centre of Woodley was sealed off after scaffolding

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collapsed to the street. Back in Gosport, the sun is shining

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but the clear-up has some way to go. At these flats near the naval base,

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roofing installation and timbers had dropped three storeys

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and crashed onto cars below. Storm Katie may have been relatively

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short lived but the incidents we have seen give some indication of

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its power. If it had not moved

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through in the hours of darkness, the consequences could

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have been more serious. Russia's President Putin has phoned

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President Assad to congratulate him on the recapture of Palmyra. The

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Army says it will use the city as a strategic stronghold to make further

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advances. Palmyra is a World Heritage Site and there are hopes

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that IAS might not have rigged as much damage as first feared.

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Syrian troops relaxing in the streets of Palmyra town

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after what appears to have been a victory

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It took them just a few weeks to recapture the area which lies

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on a vital highway leading from Damascus

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They had significant support from the Russian air force.

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The militants took control of Palmyra in May last year and soon

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began a campaign of destruction. They publish this photograph showing

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one of several ancient tombs in the area being blown up. This new video

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seems to show that they expected wholesale destruction of the UNESCO

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World Heritage Site has not happened. To the relief of

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archaeologists everywhere, especially in Syria. When my son was

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born it was one of the most beautiful days of my life, the

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second beautiful day of my life was the celebration of Palmyra, that it

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is not destroyed completely. Palmyra was saved in part because the top

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archaeologist at the site refused to reveal the whereabouts of hundreds

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of artefacts which had been moved away. He was later be headed. But

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recapturing Palmyra from so-called Islamic State has significance

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beyond preserving the prized agent city, it is also an important

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strategic gain. Because from Palmyra the Syrian military can broaden its

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offensive against jihadist forces to attack another key city held by IS

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and the Syrian Army is even vowing to move against another city,

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regarded as the headquarters of Islamic State in Syria. The Russian

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air force would probably be behind all of this, it has already been in

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action in one city in recent months. The combination of Russian air

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strikes and reenergised Syrian forces on the ground is putting a

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President Assad and at the Kremlin at the forefront of the battle

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against Islamic State in this country. And western leaders are not

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complaining. That is the latest from BC news, next a look at the papers

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tomorrow. -- BBC

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