The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility this Tuesday for the attack perpetrated by “a fighter” of the extremist organization who ended the lives of two fans of the Swedish soccer team and left a third injured in the center of Brussels.
The Amaq agency, the IS propaganda organ, published a statement in which it stated that “an Islamic State fighter carried out an armed attack this Monday against several Christians in Sweden, a country that participates in the international coalition against the Islamic State.” “.
Amaq, citing security sources, indicated that the fighter, whom he did not identify by name but did show a photograph, “began firing his machine gun at the Christians before they attended a sports match, killing two of them.” and wounding two others, before Belgian forces killed him while attempting to arrest him.”
The sources explained to Amaq “that the attack occurs in the context of the operations called by the Islamic State against citizens of the countries of the international anti-jihadist coalitionwithout mentioning one of the possible hypotheses of the attack, which was due to the burning of copies of the Koran in Sweden in recent months.
This Tuesday, Belgium lowered the maximum alert level in Brussels and kept it at three, out of a scale of four, for the entire country once the perpetrator of the attack, identified as Abdesalem L, of Tunisian nationality.