Belgian Soldiers Kill Knife-Wielding Man in Central Brussels

Police officers guarded a Brussels street on Friday night after Belgian soldiers shot a man who attacked them with a knife.
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Belgian soldiers fatally shot a man who attacked them with a knife in central Brussels on Friday night, according to the Belgian authorities, who were treating the attack as a terrorist episode.

About the same time, two London police officers suffered minor injuries outside Buckingham Palace when they overpowered a man with a knife.

The Brussels attacker, who was not named, died in a hospital, the Belgian authorities said. Two soldiers were lightly wounded.

Ester Natus, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor, responsible for terrorism investigations in Belgium, said that the man shouted “Allahu akbar” twice during the attack. The prosecutor’s office said it had opened on investigation “on suspicion of attempted terrorist murder.”

The episode occurred about 8:15 p.m. on a street parallel to Boulevard Anspach.

“An isolated individual rushed toward three soldiers who were patrolling in Brussels,” Philippe Close, the mayor of Brussels, told reporters at the scene. “The man was quickly neutralized.”

He said that one soldier sustained minor hand injuries, the other a jaw injury.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Steven Erlanger and Milan Schreuer