A British oil executive – named by Sky sources as Nicholas Monckford – has been shot dead in Brussels.
The killing took place on October 14 but Belgian investigators have only just revealed information about his death.
Mr Mockford – who worked for ExxonMobil – was gunned down as he left a restaurant with his wife.
A foreign office spokesman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national in Brussels on October 14 and we are providing consular assistance.”
Police said the businessman was shot four times as he left an Italian restaurant in Neder-over-Heembeek, a suburb of the Belgian capital.
It happened at around 10pm as he walked with his wife from the Da Marcello restaurant on Rue de Beyseghem to their car, which was parked nearby.
Mr Mockford’s wife was violently attacked and struck several times on her face as one of the attackers tried to grab her handbag.
A second attacker opened fire four times at the oil executive, who later died of his injuries.
It is understood that the two men were carrying motorcycle helmets and they initially fled on foot before taking a ring road on a “two-wheeled vehicle”.
Shortly after the events, a white van passed Beyseghem Street and came across the victims.
Investigators have been questioning the driver of this vehicle.
A spokesman for ExxonMobil said: “We are shocked by the tragic death of one of our employees on Sunday, October 14 in Brussels.
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues and we are supporting them as best we can at this very difficult time.”
Article source: http://news.sky.com/story/1002903