Man shot dead after knife attack on soldiers in Brussels

Casey Dawson
August 27, 2017

The attacker was a Belgian national of Somali origin who was born in 1987, authorities said, making him 29 or 30 years old.

The incidents follow vehicle attacks in Spain on Aug 17 which killed 15 people and were claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, and another stabbing spree in Finland which left two dead and eight wounded.

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

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 previous year and an attempted bombing at Brussels Central Station in June. He managed to injure one of the soldiers in the arm and the other in the face, but the injuries of both are mild. Soldiers have neutralized individuals.

Soldiers opened fire on a man on Friday night on Emile Jacquemain Boulevard in Brussels, according to military and police sources, as quoted by the Belgian newspaper Derniere Heure.

Man shot, 'neutralized' after attacking soldiers in Brussels

Spokeswoman Esther Natus of the federal prosecutor's office, which handles terrorism investigations, said the man twice shouted "Allahu akbar", Arabic for "God is great", as he ran at the soldiers.

Soldiers retaliated after the man attacked them.

Police said it was too early to say whether the incident was terrorism-related. In June, police killed a Moroccan man who was attempting to detonate explosives at the city's central train station. Our security services remain on alert. "We are following the situation closely".

Soldiers have been deployed at railway stations and landmark buildings in the Belgian capital since the November 2015 attacks on Paris when investigators found the assailants had a clear link Brussels.

One of the officers had been injured "in the belly" and "neck".

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