ISIS: We Carried Out Weekend Terror Attack in Brussels

Brussels City mayor Philippe Close talks to the press in the city centre of Brussels on August 25, 2017, where a man attacked soldiers with a knife and was shot.
Brussels City mayor Philippe Close talks to media following the attack. (Photo: LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ / AFP / Getty Images)

Amid all the news this weekend about Hurricane Harvey you are forgiven if you missed news of the latest terror attack in Europe.

A Belgian of Somali origin attacked two soldiers in Brussels while shouting “Allahu akbar,” the country’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office said on August 26. The pair turned on their attacker with one opening fire and killing the terrorist.

Clarion Project analysts note in recent months European security services have increasingly taken to using weapons to eliminate terrorists as early in an attack as possible.

Prime Minister Charles Michel took to social media to express his concern following this and other similar events in a country wracked by terrorism.

“Our military has all our support. Our security services remain attentive. We monitor the situation closely.”

It didn’t take long for Islamic State to claim responsibility for the attack.

“The perpetrator of the stabbing operation in Brussels is one of the soldiers of the Islamic State, and he carried out the operation in response to appeals to target countries of the (US-led) coalition,” read a statement from Islamic State.

The incident occurred close to a major shopping street on which ISIS previously asked its supporters to carry out attacks.

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