Man shot dead after attacking Brussels soldiers in Belgium

Man shot after attacking soldiers with a knife in Brussels

"There was an attack against a soldier in Brussels", federal police told AFP.

A knife wielding man has been shot in the center of the Belgian capital of Brussels after attacking a group of soldiers, Belgian prosecutors said.

The prosecution service's spokeswoman said, 'With the identity that we now have it is a 30-year-old man who is not known for terrorist activities'. She declined to identify the man or confirm whether he was known to police, saying only that "the suspect is dead" and one of the soldiers was slightly wounded. It has been reported that the attacker is in critical condition while both soldiers were lightly injured.

Belgian officials said they had "neutralised" the man and that the "situation is under control".

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The attack took place on Boulevard Emile Jacqmain in the centre of Brussels, local media reported. The mayor of Brussels and the federal prosecutor also arrived at the scene.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: "All our support is with our soldiers".

Police have sealed off the scene of the incident. "Our security services remain on alert".

Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people in attacks March 22, 2016, on Brussels' main airport and subway system.

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