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    Policemen and Belgian soldiers react on the scene after Belgian soldiers shot a man who attacked them with a knife, in Brussels, Belgium August 25, 2017

    Brussels Knife Attacker Had Fake Firearm

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    An individual who had attacked soldiers of patrol in Belgium with a knife, had a fake weapon and two Koran books with him, the office of the county's prosecutor said in a statement on Saturday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) The attack had been perpetrated at around 08:00 p.m. local time (18:00 GMT) on Friday. The attacker has reportedly been injured twice and died subsequently from his wounds in the hospital while two security officers have suffered minor injuries. The crisis center as part of the Belgian Interior Ministry announced it was treating the ambush as an act of terrorism.

    "The man had a fake firearm and two Korans with him," the statement read.

    Belgian media reported earlier on Saturday, citing Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon that the perpetrator was a Belgian citizen of Somalian origin. The attacker had reportedly committed several "acts of vandalism" in the past but had not been identified by the authorities as security over terrorism, extremism or radicalism.

    Jambon also said he did not rule out a terrorist attack since the attacker had cried "Allahu Akbar" during it.

    Belgian soldiers who shot an attacker attempting to stab them did not exceed their right to self-defense, the Brussels prosecutor's office said Saturday.

    A man, reported to be a 30-year-old Belgian citizen of Somalian descent, was shot late on Friday after attacking soldiers on patrol with a knife. Federal prosecutors later said the perpetrator died in hospital. Two military personnel suffered minor injuries.

    "The shooting falls within lawful self-defense in accordance with the use of force regulations," the prosecutors statement read.

    However, the police will be able to draw final conclusions only after they receive the results of the suspect's autopsy and ballistics reports.

    The terrorists was residing in the Belgian city of Brugge where the searches had been carried out early on Saturday.

    Military patrols have been stationed around the city in the wake of terrorist attacks by Islamist militants in Paris and Brussels in the past two years.


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