So, where is our Batman?
Two children and a woman have been stabbed to death at a creche in Belgium.
Forensic police take away a bloodied garment at the creche
The attack happened at a childcare centre near Dendermonde, north-west of the capital Brussels.
Earlier reports said a third child had died of their wounds – but Belgian officials confirmed the deaths of two children, both aged under three, and a woman, who worked at the centre.
At least 12 others were injured in the attack.
All were in a stable condition following surgery, according to Dr Ignace Demeyer, head of emergency services at Our Lady Hospital in nearby Aalst.
“This was a particularly violent attack. All the kids had multiple stab wounds on their legs, arms and all over their bodies,” he told reporters.
The creche. Picture: OCMW Dendermonde
Police had to show distraught parents digital photos of those taken to hospital, asking them to identify their children.
The knife-wielding man had his face painted white with black around his eyes, “like a joker” reports said.
He rode his bicycle up to the centre at about 10am, entered and began slashing a knife around, according to prosecutor Christian Du Four.
Staff reportedly tried to stop him, but he lashed out at them.
Sky News Europe correspondent Greg Milam, reporting from Dendermonde, said: “As always with a case like this, there are many questions about how it could have been allowed to happen and why more was not done to prevent it.
“The hearses were carrying victims under three years old. Nobody can believe what has happened on their doorstep.
“I think people around this region are hoping for answers about how he was able to get inside that day-care centre and cause such terrible carnage.”
A 20-year-old man was caught and arrested in a supermarket about an hour after the attack.
Reports said he had been carrying a “sack full of knives”.
“An act of great brutality has happened here against our weakest citizens,” Mayor Buyse Piet said.
“The whole city is united in support for the parents who are in deep grief.”
Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant named the 20-year-old as Francis V, from Grembergen, which is part of Dendermonde.
Officials have yet to identify the suspect but Mr Du Four confirmed the man was from the region.
Justice Minister Stefaan De Clercq later said the man was uncooperative during questioning.
It seems that the Dark Knight as it has been seen since the Frank Miller reboot of the Batman legend, has touched a nerve with the crazies. My question is where is the Batman? Anyone? Sure, you’d have to be a billionaire but, someone’s gotta be motivated to be the Bat right?
It’s a fucked up world…