Machete-wielding man shot by police in Brussels after stabbing soldier

A knife-wielding attacker has been shot dead after targeting soldiers on patrol in Brussels.

Belgian officials said they had "neutralised" the man and that the "situation is under control".

Brussels is on a heightened security threat level following attacks in Paris and the Belgian capital in 2015 and 2016.

"Soldiers retaliated after the man attacked them with a weapon which some eyewitnesses have purported was a machete", reported news portal Metro.

Prosecutors told the network that the assailant was still alive, despite earlier reports he had been killed.

Prosecutors issued a statement that the attacker "is a 30-year-old man who is not known for terrorist activities".


The attack took place on Boulevard Emile Jacqmain in the centre of Brussels, local media reported.

Neither of the two soldiers attacked are believed to have been seriously harmed.

Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said three soldiers came under attack and one had been hospitalized.

Pictures from the scene on Friday show the area cordoned off with police and emergency services in the street.

Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted that "all our support is with our soldiers". "Our security services remain on alert. The police said he had been shot by soldiers", said Thomas da Silva Rosa, a public affairs consultant.


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