• Lexi Ponder

Belgium attacker shot and killed

In Brussels, Belgium, a man was shot and killed after attacking soldiers with a knife on Aug. 28, 2017. The attack happened around 8:20 p.m. at the center of the capital, where the soldiers were on patrol Friday evening.

The man rushed behind the soldiers with a knife while screaming “Allahu arkbar” (God is great). Soldiers fired and shot the man twice, which lead to him being taken to the hospital. Later he died at the hospital due to the injuries and wounds he received. When the police searched his body, they found he had been carrying a replica firearm and two copies of the Quran.

According to CNN, “The man was a Belgian national of Somali origin who was born in 1987, authorities said, making him 29 or 30 years old. He has not been identified by name.”

The Brussels prosecutor’s spokeswoman says they are treating this as a terrorist attack. The Guardian reported, “Authorities are treating this as an isolated incident and have not changed Belgium’s terror threat level, which is currently at level three, the second highest level, which indicates a “serious and real” threat, but not an imminent attack.” For years, Belgium has been an immediate focus for counterterrorism officials due to the large number of Belgians who joined in relations to ISIS and many other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

It has been mentioned that he had a case of assault and battery in February 2017, which had not been connected to terrorist activity, according to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office.