Two Belgian police injured in machete attack in Charleroi

A police officer standing guard close to a police building in Charleroi following a machete attack. Picture: AFP/Getty

A police officer standing guard close to a police building in Charleroi following a machete attack. Picture: AFP/Getty

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  • Attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”)
  • Assailant was shot; died of his injuries according to reports
  • Both victims are female officers
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A man who attacked and injured two women police officers with a machete in the Belgian city of Charleroi has been killed.

The attacker is believed to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) during the attack outside the city’s main police station.

He was shot by a third officer and seriously wounded in the incident, according to the Belgian Police’s Twitter account.

The attacker subsequently died of his injuries in hospital.

One of the female officers was rushed to hospital with severe facial injuries.

The police confirmed that both injured officers were ‘out of danger.’

Police securing the area around a police building in Charleroi. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Police securing the area around a police building in Charleroi. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

According to initial local media reports, the man was alone when he approached a security check point at the police station.

He then took out a machete from a sports bag and lunged at one officer, seriously injuring her on the face before swinging in the direction of another.

The second officer received only minor injuries.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted after the incident, saying: “I strongly condemn the attack in Charleroi.

Thoughts go to the victims, their loved ones and police. We are monitoring the situation closely.”

Police have cordoned off the area surrounding the police station near Boulevard Pierre Mayence in the city.

Charleroi was used as a base for some of the jihadists that launched attacks in Paris in November last year and Brussels in March.

32 people were killed and scores more injuried when suicide bombers attacked an airport terminal and metro station in the Belgian capital.

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