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Machete attack on Belgium police called terror act

Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 01:03

A machete-wielding man yelling 'God is greatest in Arabic injures two female police officers before being fatally shot in the Belgian city of Charleroi, in what the prime minister says may have been a terrorist act. Ashraf Fahim reports

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Belgium's prime minister says he will urgently convene security officials after a machete-wielding attacker wounds two female police officers. The unidentified man reportedly yelled Allahu Akbar, or God is Greatest, in Arabic, injuring the officers before being fatally shot in the Belgian city of Charleroi. Prime Minister Charles Michel told Belgian media that early signs point to terrorism as a motive. Charleroi police spokesman David Quinaux says an investigation is underway. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CHARLEROI POLICE SPOKESMAN, DAVID QUINAUX, SAYING: "Right now, I can tell you that forensics are looking for evidence on the ground and the judge will join them for an investigation to start." Belgium was already on a security alert level of three out of a maximum four. This, after Islamist bombers killed 32 people last March in suicide attacks at Brussels airport and a metro station.

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Machete attack on Belgium police called terror act

Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 01:03