The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the machete attack that severely wounded two policewomen in the Belgian city of Charleroi, calling it an act of reprisal carried out by one of its soldiers. Belgian prosecutors identified the machete-wielding assailant as a 33-year-old Algerian Muslim illegal alien known to police for criminal offenses, but not for Islamic terrorist acts.
UK Mirror The machete-wielding terror suspect launched his terrifying attack in Charleroi this afternoon after walking up to the Belgian city’s main police station just before 4pm. He wandered up the policewomen at a checkpoint at the entrance of to station and immediately pulled out the huge blade. Screaming “Allahu Akbar” (Our god is greater) the Muslim attacker then flung the machete into the face of one of the female officers with huge force.
UK Daily Mail Both policewomen were “severely injured in the face and neck” in the attack, the federal prosecutors’ statement said. RTL said both were placed in an artificial coma to allow surgeons to operate on them. Michel said the prosecutors were treating the attack on the officers as a case of “attempted terrorist murder.”
The Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office said the attacker, who it identified only as K.B., had lived in Belgium since 2012. Belgian media reported that he was in the country illegally, despite two separate orders being issued for him to leave. The government didn’t immediately confirm the reports.
The attack on Saturday afternoon is being treated as a terrorist incident, notably because the man shouted “Allahu akbar!” — as he slashed at the officers outside Charleroi’s main police station, Prime Minister Charles Michel said.
The assailant, shot by a third officer, died later in a hospital. A statement by the IS-affiliated Aamaq News Agency, posted Sunday on an IS-linked Twitter account, said the attack on the policewomen was in response to the “Crusader coalition’s” military campaign against IS and its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria.