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The Boulevard Emile Jacqmain where the attack happened.
The Boulevard Emile Jacqmain where the attack happened.
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Man who attacked soldiers with knife in Brussels shot dead

Local media report that the man attacked two soldiers with a knife on the boulevard Emile Jacqmain.
Aug 25th 2017, 10:04 PM 34,416 76

Updated at 10.05pm

THE KNIFEMAN WHO attacked two soldiers in Brussels on this evening was shot dead, federal prosecutors told AFP.

The man was “neutralised” by troops present at the scene, Belgian authorities said.

“There was an attack against a soldier in Brussels,” federal police told AFP. “Soldiers at the scene responded.”

“The soldiers neutralised an individual,” Belgian emergency authorities said on Twitter.

“We believe that it is a terrorist attack,” said a prosecutors’ office spokeswoman, who added the attacker “is dead.”

The attacker was armed with a knife, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Belgian media reported that the man, who was rushed to the hospital after the attack, had attacked two soldiers injuring one in the face and the other in the hand.

© AFP 2017

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