Belgium: Islamic State claims responsibility for Brussels knife attack

Brussels: The Islamic State news agency Aamaq has claimed the Brussels attacker who assaulted three soldiers with a knife is an Islamic State group soldier.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

In a statement on Sunday, it said he carried out the Friday evening attack in response to calls to target countries of the coalition that is fighting Islamic State.

Belgian prosecutors have opened an attempted terrorist murder probe after attacker assaulted the soldiers while shouting "Allahu akbar!" Arabic for "God is great." He was shot dead by troops.

The Federal Prosecutor's Office said the man was known to police for assault charges but had no previous terror-related offenses.

The suspect, a Belgian citizen of Somali origin, was also carrying a fake firearm and copies of the Quran. Islamic State often claims attacks by people who have no known link to the group.

Updated Date: Aug 27, 2017 13:56 PM

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