Islamic State claims Brussels knife attacker is one of their soldiers

The Islamic State news agency Aamaq has claimed the Brussels attacker who assaulted three soldiers with a knife as an IS 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 IS.

Belgian prosecutors have opened an attempted terrorist murder probe after the 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 offences.

The suspect, a Belgian citizen of Somali origin, was also carrying a fake firearm and copies of the Koran.

IS often claims attacks by people who have no known link to the group.

Islamic State claims Brussels knife attacker is one of their soldiers

AP

More in this Section

Nine migrants found alive inside lorry container in UK town of Kent Nine migrants found alive inside lorry container in UK town of Kent

Trump name removed from ice rinks in New York’s Central ParkTrump name removed from ice rinks in New York’s Central Park

Channel 4 postpones Smuggled documentary after bodies found in lorryChannel 4 postpones Smuggled documentary after bodies found in lorry

Benny Gantz asked to form Israel government following poll impasseBenny Gantz asked to form Israel government following poll impasse


Lifestyle

I had to turn off Dublin Murders with 15 minutes to go. We were watching the first episode because I had to review it the following day for the Today Show on RTÉ.Learner Dad: 'I like to see myself as relaxed but I’m obviously bottling up a fair few anxieties'

Purchasing a thatched cottage was a decision that would change Liam Broderick’s life. Kya deLongchamps meets the long-time thatcherMade in Munster: Meet Cork thatcher Liam Broderick

We take a trip back through the Wolves singer’s most major fashion moments.As Selena Gomez surprises fans with new music, these are some of her best style moments

Sue Rynhart sings at the Green Room in Cork Opera House on Saturday as part of Guinnness Cork Jazz Festival. She is from Dublin and is the mother of three boys.A Question of Taste with Sue Rynhart

More From The Irish Examiner