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The place where two police officers were attacked with machetes in Charleroi, Belgium, 06 August 2016.
Photograph: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

A 33-year-old Algerian man who attacked two police officers with a machete on Saturday was staying illegally in Belgium, despite being ordered to leave the country, says the office of State Secretary for Migration Theo Francken, the Belga news agency reports.

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