Jihadist group the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the knife attack on soldiers in Brussels, in a Telegram sent by its propaganda body Amaq.
“The Brussels attacker was an ISIS soldier”, the message says, quoting a “secure source”. It says the attack “was a response to calls to target the international anti-jihadist coalition states” operating in Syria and Iraq, which includes Belgium.
The terrorist came up behind and attacked three soldiers on patrol in Boulevard Emile Jacqmain on Friday evening. He was armed with a knife.
One of the soldier opened fire while the attacker cried “Allahou akbar” (God is great in Arabic).
The attacker, a Somalian from Bruges who became a Belgian citizen in 2015, was shot twice. He later died in hospital.
The suspect also had a fake handgun and two Korans. Two soldiers received minor injuries in the attack.
Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)