Police and soldiers wounded in separate knife attacks in United Kingdom and Belgium

Britain's threat level is at severe as the country has been hit by four attacks this year alone killing 36 people

Last week, Spain was hit by twin vehicle attacks which left 15 dead, and another two people were killed in a stabbing spree in Finland.

"Anyone who shouts Allahu Akbar in St Mark's Square can expect to be gunned down by snipers within four paces", said Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of Venice.

He attacked the soldiers near Brussels's Sainte Catherine neighbourhood, a busy area of bars and restaurants.

The incident happened near the Boulevard Emile Jacqmain in the city centre of Brussels.

The suspect had not been known to have a terror-related history, according to police. The attacker has reportedly been injured twice and died subsequently from his wounds in the hospital while two security officers have suffered minor injuries.

"Soldiers retaliated after the man attacked them with a weapon which some eyewitnesses have purported was a machete", reported news portal Metro.

The Belgian capital also remains on high
The Belgian capital also remains on high

Overnight, police raided the suspect's home in Bruges, northwest Belgium, with federal prosecutors opening an investigation into "attempted terrorist murder", a statement said.

The Belgian army shot and killed a man who attacked soldiers in Brussels with a knife in what authorities are treating as a terrorist act Friday.

The country's federal prosecutors office said the suspect, 30, was shouting "Allahu Akbar" as he stabbed the officer.

Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: "Incident in # Brussels. The soldiers fired at him and neutralised the individual", he said. "We monitor the situation closely".

The attack came at a time of heightened security in Brussels after militants attacked Paris and Brussels in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Approaching, he added that he saw "a soldier who was bleeding from the hand and a man on the ground", who "wore a beard and had also a hood".

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