Man shot dead after stabbing troops in Brussels

27 August, 2017, 01:34 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • A police officer stands at a cordon after police arrested a man carrying a knife outside Buckingham Palace in London on Friday evening

An individual who had attacked soldiers of patrol in Belgium with a knife, had a fake weapon and two Koran books with him, the office of the county's prosecutor said in a statement on Saturday.

The would-be attacker, who tried to set off a nail bomb which could have caused multiple casualties among the roughly two dozen travellers who were checking train times on a public display board at Brussels Central Station, was neutralised by a soldier in the nick of time.

Britain Buckingham Palace
The suspect was taken to a hospital for minor injuries and remained in custody in a London police station on Saturday

Belgian media reported earlier on Saturday, citing Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon that the perpetrator was a Belgian citizen of Somalian origin.

During the attack near the Grand Place in central Brussels at 8pm (1800 GMT, 2am Malaysia), the man rushed at the soldiers from behind and struck them with a knife shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest).

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The statement said he was shot twice, and that two soldiers received superficial wounds.

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Belgium has been the theatre of several attacks of recent against police or military personnel in recent months. She declined to identify the man or confirm whether he was known to police, saying only that "the suspect is dead" and one of the soldiers was slightly wounded.

The 30-year-old man of Somalian heritage was shifted to hospital in critical condition after he was wounded by gun shots. The assailant, a former army officer, 43, has been charged with "attempted murder in a context of terrorist" and "participation in the activities of a terrorist group".

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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 a year ago and an attempted bombing at Brussels Central Station in June.

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