Attacker Injures 2 Belgian Police Officers

Attacker Injures 2 Belgian Police OfficersAttacker Injures 2 Belgian Police Officers

The man who attacked two female police officers with a machete in Charleroi, Belgium, has died after being shot by police.

Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel said "preliminary indications" show it was an act of terrorism.

Police in Charleroi, a city 50 kilometers south of Brussels, tweeted that two officers had been injured by an assailant during the attack. The assailant later died of his injuries in hospital, according to local police, DPA reported.

Paul Magnette, the mayor of Charleroi, said the attack took place at a wooden structure erected outside the police station to provide extra security. Magnette said the checkpoint prevented the attacker from further entering the building.

One officer sustained deep cuts around her face and has been taken to the hospital, while her colleague suffered minor injuries, the Belgian news agency Belga reported.

Michel told broadcaster RTL that "initial indications very clearly pointing to terrorism". On Twitter, he wrote, "I strongly condemn the attack in Charleroi."

Michel is set to cut short his vacation in the south of France to return to Belgium for a meeting on Sunday with the National Security Council.

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon called the attack "despicable" on Twitter and offered his full support to the injured officers and their families and colleagues.