On Wednesday morning around 11:00 AM, police in the Brussels-West zone received numerous calls from individuals who said that a man on the street had threatened them with a knife, Het Laatste Nieuws reports.
Voice of Europe (h/t Maurice) The man allegedly asked some of the people walking by were Jewish before going on to threaten them with a knife while yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Once police arrived at the scene and tried to stop the man, he fled on foot. A chase then ensued which involved several police teams. Eventually, police were able to arrest the man in Jean Dubrucqstraat in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, despite having to order him to drop his knife several times.
A clear terrorist motive has yet to be determined. (Oh, of course not, wouldn’t want anyone to think that the Islamic war cry – “Allahu Akbar” – has anything to do with terrorism)
On Friday, the man is expected to appear before an investigating judge on suspicion of attempted manslaughter and carrying a weapon.
In 2018, a Muslim terrorist shouting “Allahu akbar” stabbed a Belgian policeman several times in the neck in central Brussels. The assailant, who wielded two kitchen knives during the incident outside the city’s main police station on Tuesday, was then shot and wounded by two police officers.
A French Muslim suspected of working for the Islamic State group in Syria has been convicted of murdering four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium’s capital. Presiding Judge Laurence Massart, said, “Mehdi Nemmouche is guilty of committing four terrorist murders,” in the slayings of an Israeli couple and two museum employees on May 24, 2014.
Belgium, home to European Union institutions and NATO, has been on alert since 2016 when Muslim suicide bombers killed 32 people at Brussels airport and on the city’s metro.