Belgium machete attacker was Algerian with criminal record: prosecutor

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Belgian police secure the area around a police station in Charleroi following a machete attack on two policewomen on August 6, 2016 (AFP Photo/Virginie Lefour)

Belgian police secure the area around a police station in Charleroi following a machete attack on two policewomen on August 6, 2016 (AFP Photo/Virginie Lefour)

BRUSSELS: A man who attacked and wounded two policewomen with a machete in Belgium was an Algerian national known to police for criminal offences but not 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 two police officers survived the attack but the assailant was shot dead. -AFP