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Two Belgian police hurt by machete-wielding assailant

One of the policewomen was taken to hospital with “deep wounds to the face” while the other was slightly injured, Belga news agency said.┬áThe incident took place outside the main police station.

Belgium has been on high security alert for months since suicide bombers hit Brussels airport and a subway station near the European Union’s institutions on March 22, killing 32 people.

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The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group.

Separately on July 30, Belgian authorities charged a 33-year-old man, identified as Nourredine H., with attempting to commit “terrorist murder” and “taking part in the activities of a terrorist organisation.”

Belgium was also a springboard for the Islamic State cell which carried out the November 13 2015 attacks in Paris which killed 130 people, investigators say.

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