Belgium: A police officer died after a knife attack in Brussels – the anti-terrorism prosecutor is investigating

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BelgiumA police officer died after a knife attack in Brussels – the anti-terrorism prosecutor is investigating

In the Belgian capital, a man attacked several people with a knife on Thursday evening. One officer died and another was wounded.

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A deadly knife attack took place in Brussels on Thursday evening.

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One officer died and another was injured after the attack.

One officer died and another was injured after the attack.

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According to the police, the attacker was neutralized by shots.

According to the police, the attacker was neutralized by shots.

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It’s about it

  • A police officer died in a knife attack in the Belgian capital on Thursday evening.

  • The attacker also injured another officer.

  • According to several media outlets, he shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great).

A policeman died after an attack in the Belgian capital Brussels. Another police officer was wounded in the knife attack, the Belga news agency reported Thursday evening, citing a prosecutor. Several media reported that the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). According to Belga, the prosecutor’s office could not confirm or deny this at the moment. The Belgian anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office is now also investigating. The office has taken over the investigation due to a suspected terrorist motive, a spokesman said Thursday evening.

The attacker was neutralized

The assaulted officers called for backup. The policeman who came to help used his service weapon against the attacker. Like a newspaper «Le Soir», the attacker was neutralized by another patrol with shots to the legs and abdomen. Both injured police officers and the alleged perpetrator were taken to hospital. In addition to the policeman, the assailant also allegedly succumbed to his injuries, as the Belgian newspaper «7sur7» reported.

Jihadists and Salafists often use the Arabic term “Allahu Akbar” as a kind of battle cry. In fact, it is a central religious formula of Islam that has been used by Muslims around the world for centuries.

Frightening is great

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased official,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo wrote on Twitter in the evening. He hopes the hospitalized police officer is doing well.

“What a terrible drama. This event breaks my heart, » wrote the Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden on Thursday evening. “My thoughts are with the relatives and the entire police force. I am closely monitoring the situation and am in close contact with the mayor, the commander of the corps and the police services. This violence is unacceptable,” she said.

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(DPA/bho)

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