2 Arrested in Summer’s Belgian Machete Attack Case

BRUSSELS (AP) -
Police and soldiers from the Belgian Army secure an area in front of the Belgian Prime Minister's office, prior to a media conference in Brussels on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. A man attacked two police officers with a machete near the police headquarters in Charleroi, Belgium on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 before being apprehended. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Police and soldiers from the Belgian Army secure an area in front of the Belgian Prime Minister’s office, prior to a media conference the day after a man attacked two police officers with a machete near the police headquarters in Charleroi, Belgium. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Belgian authorities have charged two people with terrorist offenses linked to a machete attack on two police officers earlier this year.

The federal prosecutor’s office announced Thursday that two of six people detained earlier this week were charged with participating in a terror organization and attempted murder in a terror context.

A 33-year-old Algerian attacked and wounded two women officers with a machete at Charleroi’s police station on Aug. 6. He was shot dead by a third officer.

On Wednesday, police detained six people and seized a number of knives in antiterror raids linked to the August attack. Three people were released; the case of one other is pending; and two — a man and woman in their thirties — were arrested.