Daesh claims Brussels knife attacker is one of their own

Daesh claims Brussels knife attacker is one of their own
Policemen stand guard the Boulevard Emile Jacqmain in the city center of Brussels, where a man is alleged to have attacked soldiers with a knife and was shot, on August 25, 2017. (File photo by AFP)
Updated 27 August 2017

Daesh claims Brussels knife attacker is one of their own

Daesh claims Brussels knife attacker is one of their own

BRUSSELS: The Daesh news agency Aamaq has claimed the Brussels attacker who assaulted three soldiers with a knife as an Daesh group soldier.
In a statement Sunday, it said he carried out the Friday evening attack in response to calls to target countries of the coalition that is fighting Daesh.
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 Qur’an.
Daesh often claims attacks by people who have no known link to the group.