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Belgian Police Slashed Across The Face by ‘‘Allah Hu Akbar’ Machete Attacker

Two female police officers were attacked by a man with a machete shouting ‘Allah hu Akhbar’ outside a police station in Belgium. The attacker, who was shot by a third officer, has now died.

Local media reports that two female police officers were attacked in the city of Charleroi.

Police in Charleroi confirmed the attacks on Twitter attacks, stating: “Two police officers injured by machete in front of police by someone shouting Allah hu Akhbar. Individual was shot but is alive.”

The attacker has since died from his wounds sustained when he was shot by a third police officer. He was shot in the chest and leg at around 4pm local time.

Local media have also reported that the female police officer was taken to hospital with severe facial injuries, and her colleague was less seriously wounded. Charleroi Police have tweeted to confirm that both police officers injured are out of danger.

Local media also reported that the female police officer was taken to hospital with severe facial injuries, and her colleague was less seriously wounded. Charleroi Police have tweeted to confirm that both police officers injured are out of danger.

Belgium’s Prime Minister, Charles Michel, is said to be “closely monitoring” the situation and will meet tomorrow with the country’s security services. His spokesman said early indications for the motive are “very much towards a terrorist attack”.

Mr. Michel is a member of the Reformist, liberal party. He warned in March that he feared more attacks would occur in his country after two bombs struck the downtown area of the capital, Brussels.

Charleroi, 40 miles south of Brussels, was used as a base by the jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud,  who was involved in the attacks on Paris on the 13th of November 2015.

A security perimeter is now in operation around the police station.

PICTURES FROM THE SCENE: 

A photo taken with a mobile phone on August 6, 2016, shows police securing the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack. Two policewomen were wounded in Charleroi by a machete-wielding man who shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest), local police said. The attacker was shot and injured, they said on Twitter. / AFP / BELGA AND Belga / FRED DUBOIS / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read FRED DUBOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A photo taken with a mobile phone on August 6, 2016, shows police securing the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack. (FRED DUBOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A photo taken with a mobile phone on August 6, 2016, shows a police officer standing guard close to a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack. Two policewomen were wounded in Charleroi by a machete-wielding man who shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest), local police said. The attacker was shot and injured, they said on Twitter. / AFP / BELGA AND Belga / FRED DUBOIS / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read FRED DUBOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A police officer standing guard close to a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack. (FRED DUBOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A photo taken with a mobile phone on August 6, 2016, shows police securing the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack. Two policewomen were wounded in Charleroi by a machete-wielding man who shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest), local police said. The attacker was shot and injured, they said on Twitter. / AFP / BELGA / FRED DUBOIS / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read FRED DUBOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Police securing the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack. (Photo credit should read FRED DUBOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Police stand as they secure the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016. Two policewomen were wounded in Charleroi by a machete-wielding man who shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest), local police said. The attacker was shot and injured, they said on Twitter. / AFP / BELGA / VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Police stand as they secure the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016 (VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Police stand as they secure the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016. A machete-wielding man who wounded two policewomen on August 6, in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi has died after being shot by officers. / AFP / BELGA / VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Police stand as they secure the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016. (VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Police stand as they secure the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016. A machete-wielding man who wounded two policewomen on August 6, in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi has died after being shot by officers. / AFP / BELGA / VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Police stand as they secure the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016.
(VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Police stand as they secure the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016. A machete-wielding man who wounded two policewomen on August 6, in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi has died after being shot by officers. / AFP / BELGA / VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Police stand as they secure the area around a police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016.
(VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Policemen stand guard as a Belgian Army Mine Clearance Department van arrives inside the security perimeter around the police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016. A machete-wielding man shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest) wounded two policewomen in southern Belgium today before being shot dead by police, with Europe on edge after a wave of jihadist attacks. / AFP / BELGA / VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Policemen stand guard as a Belgian Army Mine Clearance Department van arrives inside the security perimeter around the police building in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following a machete attack on August 6, 2016. (VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

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