Two Belgian Soldiers shot dead a man trying to assault them with a machete in downtown Brussels on Friday evening.

The two soldiers were slightly hurt, with one wounded in the face and the other, in a hand.

The knife-wielding man died after being rushed to hospital.

The incident took place at 20:20 local time on boulevard Emile Jacqmain in downtown Brussels.

The man attacked two patrolling soldiers as the soldiers fired back and shot him.

According to the Brussels prosecutor’s office, the man has been identified as a 30-year-old Belgian of Somali origin.

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