Isis claims responsibility for machete attack on Belgian police officers

Isis media arm, citing ‘security source’ says assailant acted in response to calls to carry out terror attacks in Europe

Isis has claimed responsiblity for a machete attack on two Belgian police officers, describing the assailant as a “soldier of the caliphate” in a statement issued via its Amaq news agency.

The attacker, who has not been named by the Belgian authorities, was shot dead as he attacked two policewomen outside the main police station in the southern city of Charleroi.

The Isis media arm, citing a “security source”, said the man acted in response to calls to carry out terror attacks in Europe. On Sunday afternoon, the Belgian prosecutor said the attacker was of Algerian origin and had a criminal record.

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