Police: Machete-Wielding Man Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Attacks Two Female Officers in Belgium
A general view of the Rue Fort in Charleroi, Belgium, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. A residence located on the street was named by the Belgian prosecutors office on Wednesday as a safe house for the plotters of the Paris attacks. The residence was rented in Sept. 2015 under a false identity and was searched by police in Dec. 2015. Inside the residence the investigators found mattresses and fingerprints of attackers Bilal Hadfi and Abdelhamid Abaaoud. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
CHARLEROI, Belgium (AP) — Two female officers were attacked and wounded by a man wielding a machete and shouting “Allahu Akhbar” outside a police station in the Belgian city of Charleroi on Saturday, police said.
They said in messages posted on Twitter that the attacker was shot and later died of his wounds. The attack occurred in front of Charleroi police station.
A police officer reached by telephone declined to make further comments. According to RTBF state broadcasting, one officer suffered severe injuries to her face while her colleague was slightly injured. It said a third officer shot the assailant.
Both officers are “out of danger,” Charleroi police said Saturday evening on Twitter.
Prime Minister Charles Michel condemned the attack which happened as police in Belgium remain on high alert in the wake of the Brussels suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group that killed 32 people in March.
“Thoughts go with the victims, their relatives and police officers,” Michel wrote on Twitter. “We are closely monitoring the situation.”
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