Belgian police kill man who attacked officers with machete

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Belgian police officers stand guard outside the main police station after a machete-wielding man injured two female police officers before being shot in Charleroi, Belgium, August 6, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSLFI0

Belgian police officers stand guard outside the main police station after a machete-wielding man injured two female police officers before being shot in Charleroi, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2016. Photo by Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A man who attacked two female police officers with a machete on Saturday outside the central police station in the Belgian city of Charleroi has died from gunshot wounds, authorities said.

During the attack, the assailant reportedly shouted out “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is greatest,” before he was shot by a third officer, Reuters reported. His name has not been released by the authorities.

One officer suffered a serious injury to her face while the other incurred minor injuries, according to the Associated Press.

“The death of the attacker with a machete is confirmed,” Charleroi police posted on Twitter. “The two colleagues are out of danger.”

A woman stands at the site where a machete-wielding man injured two female police officers before being shot outside the main police station in Charleroi, Belgium, August 6, 2016. Photo By Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A woman stands at the site where a machete-wielding man injured two female police officers before being shot outside the main police station in Charleroi, Belgium, August 6, 2016. Photo By Francois Lenoir/Reuters

On Saturday, Prime Minister Charles Michel condemned the attack on social media and said the government is monitoring the incident closely.

“Thoughts go with the victims, their relatives and police officers,” Michel wrote.

Belgium has been on guard since deadly suicide bombings inside Brussels’ main airport and a metro station killed 32 people in March. Those attacks were claimed by the Islamic State. Members of the Islamic State with links to the November attacks in Paris had stayed in a home in Charleroi, Belgium, a city about 30 miles from Brussels.

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