Belgian Police: Two Cops Injured in Machete Attack, Assailant Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'

Assailant dies of wounds after being shot by police, local media reports.

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Belgian police secure the area around a police station following a machete attack, Charleroi, Belgium, August 6, 2016.
Belgian police secure the area around a police station following a machete attack, Charleroi, Belgium, August 6, 2016. Credit: Fred Dubois, AFP
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Two police officers were injured on Saturday by a machete-wielding assailant who shouted "Allahu Akbar" in the Belgian city of Charleroi, local police said.

The Belgian news site De Morgen reported that one of the victims reportedly sustained moderate injuries to her face and was transferred to a local hospital. Her colleague sustained light injuries.

The assailant, who was shot by police, has died of his wounds, Belgian news agency VTM reported.

The area around the scene of the attack, which took place near the police station of Charleroi, has been cordoned off as a safety zone.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel condemned the attack on Twitter and said his thoughts go out to the victims and the police force.

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Jan Jambon called the attack a "heinous act" and offered his support to the victims in a tweet. He added that OCAD, a government institution that monitors terror threats, is analyzing the incident.

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