Man shot after attacking Brussels troops

The Boulevard Emile Jacqmain where the attack happened.                     Image Google Maps

Brussels is home to the notorious jihadist hotbed of Molenbeek, and it was reported on August 24th that Belgian police have had to open nearly 200 terror-related cases since the beginning of 2017.

A man was shot dead in the centre of Brussels on Friday evening after attacking two soldiers with a knife, officials said.

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

Neither of the two soldiers attacked are believed to have been seriously harmed.

The soldiers opened fire on the man and the suspect was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but later died, prosecutors said.

One soldier was "slightly injured", she added.

Belgium's anti-terror crisis center tweeted that the situation was "under control".

The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, expressed "all our support to our soldiers" in a Twitter post.

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. It was already blocked by police at the scene and there was a man lying on the ground. "Our security services stay vigilant and we monitor the situation closely", he said.

Suicide bombers killed 32 people in attacks on the city's main airport and subway system on 22 March, 2016.

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