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Belgian machete assailant dies in hospital

dpadpa 6/08/2016

A man who was shot by police after attacking two officers with a machete in the Belgian city of Charleroi has died in hospital.

A machete-wielding man who injured two female police officers in the Belgian city of Charleroi while calling "Allahu Akbar" has died in hospital after being shot, the city police have tweeted.

Saturday's incident follows a series of knife and gun attacks across Europe in recent weeks, some of which are being linked to terrorist motives.

One of the two officers suffered deep cuts around the face and has been taken to hospital, the Belga news agency reported. Her colleague was only slightly injured.

The attacker died in hospital after being shot by a third police officer, the RTBF broadcaster reported.

"Individual struck but alive," Charleroi police had earlier tweeted.

The incident took place outside the police headquarters, according to the tweet.

"I strongly condemn the attack in Charleroi," Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Twitter.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon called it a "vile act" in a tweet and expressed his support for the police officers, their families and their colleagues. The Belgian threat analysis unit, OCAM, is evaluating the situation, he added.

A large security perimeter has been set up around the site of the attack in the city 50km south of Brussels, and prosecutors are on site, Belga wrote.

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