Man With Knife Shot Dead in Brussels 'Terror Attack'

One soldier was injured
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2017 5:56 PM CDT
Man With Knife Shot Dead in Brussels 'Terror Attack'
Police and Belgian Army soldiers secure the scene in downtown Brussels after a reported attack on Belgian Army soldiers on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.   (AP Photo/Sylvain Plazy)

Belgian soldiers shot a man dead in downtown Brussels on Friday evening after he attacked the troops with a knife in what prosecutors described as a "terror attack," the AP reports. Spokesperson Esther Natus of the federal prosecutor's office, which handles terrorism investigations, said the man twice shouted "Allahu akbar," Arabic for "God is great," as he ran at the soldiers. "We do consider it a terror attack," Natus said. She declined to identify the man or confirm whether he was known to police, saying only that "the suspect is dead" and one of the soldiers was slightly wounded. Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said three soldiers came under attack and one had been hospitalized.

Federal Police spokesperson Jonathan Pfunde also confirmed some details of the incident and said the attacker had been "neutralized." Belgium's anti-terror crisis center tweeted that the situation was "under control." "All our support is with our soldiers," Prime Minister Charles Michel said via Twitter. "Our security services remain on alert. We are following the situation closely." Television images showed that police sealed off a main street near the Grand Place, a central square that is a popular tourist site. Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people in attacks March 22, 2016, on Brussels' main airport and subway system. Soldiers and extra police have been deployed at public buildings and around large gatherings for more than a year. (Read more knife attack stories.)

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