Belgian Soldiers Kill Knife-Wielding Man in Brussels

Saul Bowman
August 27, 2017

"We believe that it is a terrorist attack", said a prosecutor's office spokeswoman, noting that the assailant "is dead".

The city has since been hit by a series of bombings that killed 32 people at Brussels Airport and a Metro station in March 2016, a machete attack on police officers in October past year and an attempted bombing at Brussels Central Station in June.

Following close on the heels of the Barcelona attack, the incident is being treated as a terror attack, said Belgium's federal prosecutor's office. Police said they were treating the incident as suspected terrorism. As well as the knife, police found a replica gun and two copies of the Koran on him.

The statement added that no other people were affected by the attack, which took place at 20:35 local time.

The man had just assaulted the soldiers with a knife before they returned fire.

"All our support is with our soldiers", Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted.

A man was shot dead after attacking two soldiers with a machete in the centre of Brussels, police said.

Pictures from the scene show a police cordon in place and emergency services arriving.

Military in Brussels used a weapon against men who attacked them with a knife. He reportedly had no known terrorist history.

"I heard yelling and straight away two shots", said one witness, Yohan.

Already on high alert, the country tightened security further in June after a failed suicide bombing by a man who shouted "Allahu Akbar" at a Brussels train station.

And in London, there have been three incidences of murder-by-vehicle: In March, 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove into pedestrians on Westminister Bridge, killing four before being shot by police.

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