Knife-wielding man shot in Brussels after attacking soldiers

Man shot after attacking soldiers with a knife in Brussels

Soldiers routinely patrol the streets of the Belgian capital due to a heightened security alert level after Islamist shooting and bomb attacks in Paris in 2015 and Brussels in 2016.

The Belgian prosecutors have confirmed that a man has been shot after he attacked two soldiers with a knife in Brussels.

The attacker was armed with a knife, the federal prosecutor's office said.

It added that the soldiers suffered slight injuries, one to the hand and the other to the face.

Police confirmed that a man had been "neutralised" after an attack on several soldiers.

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

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RTBF reported the suspect was a Somali man who is alleged to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" - God is greater - before the attack.

"The soldiers neutralised an individual", Belgian emergency authorities said on Twitter.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: "All our support is with our soldiers".

Associated Press television images showed that police sealed off a main street near the Grand Place, a central square that is a popular tourist site.

Large numbers of police officers were deployed to the scene, which was cordoned off. "Our security services remain on alert".

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