A worker at the citric acid manufacturer Citribel, in Tienen, attacked two superiors and a colleague at the company’s site on Friday afternoon when he learned that his contract had not been renewed. One of the three victims is in serious condition, site security manager Emmanuel Raskin said on Monday evening, confirming information from Het Nieuwsblad newspaper.
The worker appeared on Friday for an evaluation interview conducted by two managers. When he learned that he would not be reappointed, the man physically attacked his superiors, seriously injuring them, Mr. Raskin said. The worker then went to his department and attacked a colleague. The latter was still in serious condition on Monday, said the security official, for whom it is an act of “senseless” violence.
“We have never had to deal with such a situation before. The whole company is in shock,” commented Emmanuel Raskin.
The man worked for the Tirlemont company for about two years.
Citribel has approximately 350 employees.
The prosecution, aware of the facts, refused to comment.