ISIS claims responsibility for Belgium machete attack on police officers

Sunday, August 7, 2016
By Paul Martin
7 Aug, 2016

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the machete attack in the Belgian city of the Charleroi on Saturday, in which two female police officers were injured, a news agency affiliated with the terror group has reported.
Two officers were assaulted, not far from their police station, by a man heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is Great’ in Arabic), the authorities said.

The perpetrator was shot by a third officer on site and was taken hospital, but later died of his wounds.

He was identified as a 33-year-old Algerian, who had resided in Belgium since 2012, and was known to police for criminal offenses, but not for terrorist links.

A criminal investigation for attempted terrorist murder was opened following the incident in Charleroi.

“There are indications that the attack may have been inspired by a terrorist motive,” the Belgian prosecutors said in a statement, adding that two houses were searched in the city as part of the case.

Earlier on Sunday, Belgian police arrested another man with a machete, reportedly of Turkish origin, this time in the eastern city of Liege.

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