Attacker wounds 2 cops in Belgium

Meanwhile, in the city of Liege, 95 kilometres east of Brussels, a man was spotted wielding a machete early Sunday, the Belga news agency reported.

But Islamic State's news agency Amaq claimed the attack was carried out by one of the group's "soldiers" in response to strikes by the US -led coalition fighting against it in Iraq and Syria.

The junior minister for migration, Theo Francken, said K.B. had been living illegally in Belgium and had "twice been ordered to leave the country". The government didn't immediately confirm the reports.

Around 4pm, a man approached a checkpoint manned by two officers in front of the police headquarters, a Charleroi police spokesman told Belgian television and radio.

The attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) during the assault, which took place just before 4pm local time on August 6.

An inquiry for "attempted terrorist murder" has been launched into Saturday's attack in Charleroi. A third police officer shot the assailant down; the attacker later succumbed in hospital.

Officials said Sunday that he was a 33-year-old Algerian national.

"There are indications that the attack may have been inspired by a terrorist motive", prosecutors said in a statement.

Both officers are now "out of danger", Charleroi police announced Saturday evening on Twitter.

The office said two police searches were carried out overnight in the southern Belgian city, but that no further information about the investigation would be made public.

In March's Brussels attacks, three men of North African descent carried out a triple suicide bombing on Brussels airport and the Maalbeek metro station, leaving 32 dead.

Officials have confirmed they have now confirmed they have upped the terror threat level for police to requiring "particular vigilance" in response to the attack, which happened around 40 miles south of Brussels.

"We know we must be constantly, constantly vigilant", Michel said. Numerous perpetrators of the attacks in Paris in November that killed 130 people were also residents of Belgium.

Belgium is increasing security at police stations, Prime Minister Charles Michel told a press conference yesterday.

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