Two police officers have been attacked with a machete by a Muslim shouting “Allahu Akbar” outside a police station in Belgium. The cops, reportedly both female, were attacked in the city of Charleroi this afternoon. The attacker was shot in the chest and leg by a fellow officer and later died.
UK Mirror The attacker reportedly walked up to a checkpoint at the police station just before 4pm. He pulled a machete from his bag and slashed at the officer. She sustained deep cuts to the face and was rushed to hospital. Her colleague was only slightly injured.
A police spokesman told a press conference: “It’s a sad thing. Our hearts go out to the two cops involved. Later they added: “The death of the assailant with a machete is confirmed. The two colleagues are out of danger. Thanks for the support.”
Belgian politician Jan Jambon tweeted: “Despicable act in Charleroi. All my support to the two wounded policemen, their colleagues and family members.” Prime Minister Charles Michel’s spokesman says he is “closely monitoring” the situation and will meet tomorrow with security services.
Attacks with machetes, knives and axes against police and civilians have recently become more frequent in Europe, with similar incidents reported in France and Germany.