Soldier attacked in Brussels, culprit 'neutralised': Authorities

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26 August, 2017

Belgian soldiers shot dead a man in the centre of Brussels on Friday evening after he came at them with a knife, shouting Allahu Akbar (God is great), in a case authorities are treating as a terrorist attack. "Soldiers at the scene responded".

The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, expressed "all our support to our soldiers" in a Twitter post.

The prosecution service's spokeswoman said, 'With the identity that we now have it is a 30-year-old man who is not known for terrorist activities'.

Police confirmed that a man had been "neutralised" after an attack on several soldiers.

The Flemish outlet cites radio reports which suggest one of the slain man's victims is critically injured.

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One of the soldiers received a wound to the face, the other suffered a hand injury. "We are following the situation closely".

Images showed police have sealed off a main street near the main Grand Place tourist attraction.

RTBF said a man attacked two soldiers with a knife in Boulevard Emile Jacqmain. It was already blocked by police at the scene and there was a man lying on the ground.

Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people in attacks March 22, 2016, on Brussels' main airport and subway system.


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