Belgium machete attacker was Algerian with criminal record: prosecutor

Belgian police secure the area around a police station in Charleroi following a machete attack on two policewomen on August 6, 2016A machete-wielding man who attacked and wounded two policewomen in Belgium was an Algerian national who had “a criminal record but was not known for terrorism,” prosecutors said Sunday. The 33-year-old attacker, identified by the initials K.B., had been living in Belgium since 2012, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack, the IS-linked Amaq Agency said in a report monitored in Beirut.

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