For the record. IS påtok seg i helgen ansvaret for machete-angrepet på politikvinner i Charleroi i Belgia før helgen. Gjerningsmannen var en 33 år gammel algerier som ble skutt og drept.

The statement called the assailant a “soldier of the Islamic State” who had carried out the attack “in response to calls to target citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition,” a reference to nations involved in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

The language was nearly identical to claims of responsibility issued by the Islamic State for other attacks in recent weeks, including an ax attack by an Afghan refugee in Würzburg, Germany, and the killing of a priest in the Normandy region of France.

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The federal prosecutor’s office identified the attacker as a 33-year-old Algerian who had been living in Belgium since 2012. The office identified him only by the initials K. B.

“He is known to police for criminal facts, not for terrorism,” the statement said. It added that a bomb squad had found no weapons or explosives in a rucksack the man carried during the attack.

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