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Man Shot After Attacking Soldiers in Brussels

Man Shot After Attacking Soldiers in Brussels

Man Shot After Attacking Soldiers in Brussels

A man has been shot and is in a critical condition after reportedly attacking soldiers in Brussels with a machete.

In addition to regular police, Brussels streets are being patrolled by soldiers due to a heightened security threat level in the wake of militant attacks in Paris and the Belgian capital in 2015 and 2016.

Police secure the scene in downtown Brussels after a reported attack on Belgian Army soldiers, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

Belgium's anti-terror crisis centre said soldiers had "neutralised" the man.

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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'.

Belgian media reported that the man, who was rushed to the hospital after the attack, had attacked two soldiers injuring one in the face and the other in the hand. 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.

RTBF reported the suspect was a Somali man who is alleged to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" - God is greater - before the attack. "Our security services remain on alert".

Police have sealed off the scene of the incident. "The police said he had been shot by soldiers", said Thomas da Silva Rosa, a public affairs consultant.

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