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Belgian police officers attacked by machete-wielding man shouting "Allahu Akbar"

The man was shot dead by another officer.

File photo of Belgian police.
File photo of Belgian police.
Image: Virginia Mayo

TWO FEMALE POLICE officers have been injured by a man wielding a machete in the Belgian city of Charleroi.

The attack outside the main police station in the city of Charleroi, around 60 kilometres south of Brussels left one of the policewomen with “deep wounds to the face” while the other was slightly injured, Belga news agency said.

Charleroi police said the attacker was shot and killed, while the two victims were out of danger.

Belgium has been on high security alert for months since suicide bombers struck Brussels airport and a subway station near the European Union’s institutions on March 22, killing 32 people.

The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.

Prosecutors said there was for now no link to the Brussels suicide bombings.

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