Two Belgian police officers wounded by machete-wielding assailant shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’
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Two Belgian police officers wounded by machete-wielding assailant shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’

Policewoman outside station in Charleroi sustains serious injuries to facial area; second victim moderately hurt; assailant killed

Illustrative. Belgian police officers standing guard at the Grand Place in Brussels on March 23, 2016. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)
Illustrative. Belgian police officers standing guard at the Grand Place in Brussels on March 23, 2016. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

Two Belgian police officers were wounded in a machete attack outside a police station on Saturday afternoon in the city of Charleroi, according to Belgian media.

The perpetrator reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar [God is great]” during the assault before being shot by a third police officer at the scene. He later died of his wounds, police confirmed.

One of the victims sustained serious wounds to the face and neck area, RTL reported. The second victim was moderately hurt in the attack.

“Two police have been injured with a machete in front of the police headquarters by a man shouting ‘Allah Akbar’,” a spokesperson for Charleroi police was quoted as saying to The Independent. “The individual was shot but is alive.”

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel condemned the attack, saying his “thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and the police. We are following the situation closely.”

Charleroi was used as a base by some of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks last November and in the Brussels bombings this past March, according to the BBC.

Since the twin attacks at the airport and at a metro station that killed over 30 people, Belgium has kept its terror alert at the third of four levels, meaning an attack is “possible and likely.”

Saturday’s incident came amid a string of attacks across Europe, some of them claimed by the Islamic State and its supporters, including the recent killing of Catholic priest in France, a machete attack on a train in Germany and a suicide bombing in the country.

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