2016 Charleroi attack
Part of Wave of Terror in Europe and Islamic terrorism in Europe
Tour bleue (Blue tower) by Jean Nouvel, the police headquarter of Charleroi.
Location of Charleroi in Belgium
50°24′43″N 4°27′13″E / 50.412°N 4.4536°E / 50.412; 4.4536Coordinates: 50°24′43″N 4°27′13″E / 50.412°N 4.4536°E / 50.412; 4.4536
6 August 2016 (UTC+02:00)
1 (the perpetrator)
33-year-old Algerian man
On 6 August 2016, a man attacked two policewomen with a machete in Charleroi, Belgium, before being shot dead by another police officer.
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According to the accounts of Belgian police and prosecutors, the attack began just before 4 p.m., when the perpetrator approached two officers stationed at the checkpoint at the front of the police headquarters, immediately pulled a machete from the sports bag he carried and swung it violently toward the officer’s heads. A third officer posted nearby shot the assailant. The attacker is reported to have said “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. Prime Minister Charles Michel said the incident is believed to be a terrorist attack, making it the first terrorist attack in Belgium since the Brussels bombings in March. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attacker was a 33-year-old Algerian man who had a criminal record. He had lived in Belgium illegally from 2012 until his death. He attended the mosque at Farciennes. Belgian authorities have released the perpetrator’s initials, K.B., but have not released his name. Media outlets released the man’s name as Khaled Babbouri, although some sources spelt it “Babouri”.
Two deportation orders had been issued for the perpetrator, but not carried out because Algeria and Belgium lack a diplomatic agreement under which Algerian citizens can be involuntarily sent back to Algeria. The perpetrator was not securely detained because Belgium has fewer spaces in secure detention facilities than individuals for whom deportation orders have been issued.
Both victims were policewomen. One suffered an injury to her jaw and had to undergo a second operation to avoid fa