Belgian soldiers shoot dead man who attacked them with knife in Brussels

Belgian soldiers shoot dead man who attacked them with knife in Brussels

Belgian soldiers shoot dead man who attacked them with knife in Brussels

A man has been shot dead in the centre of Brussels after attacking soldiers with a knife.

Brussels is home to the notorious jihadist hotbed of Molenbeek, and it was reported on August 24th that Belgian police have had to open nearly 200 terror-related cases since the beginning of 2017. "Soldiers at the scene responded".

Belgian officials said they had "neutralised" the man and that the "situation is under control".

Police confirmed that a man had been "neutralised" after an attack on several soldiers.

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"We do consider it a terror attack", Natus said.

The soldiers were not seriously hurt in the attack but one had a facial wound and the other's hand was wounded.

Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said three soldiers came under attack and one had been hospitalized.

Prosecutors said the man, who was not known for terrorist activities, had twice shouted Allahu Akbar during the attack, which occurred around 8:15 p.m. local time just outside the city's central pedestrian zone, while the soldiers were on patrol.

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Pictures from the scene on Friday show the area cordoned off with police and emergency services in the street. "Our security services remain on alert".

Suicide bombers killed 32 people in attacks on the city's main airport and subway system on 22 March, 2016.

Soldiers and extra police have been deployed at public buildings and around large gatherings for more than a year.

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