White supremacists? A mentally ill lone wolf? Or Islamic jihadists? No telling yet, but there is this: the Islamic State issued this call in September 2014:
So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….
“BREAKING: Machete-wielding man SHOT DEAD after attacking soldiers in Brussels,” by Will Kirby, Express, August 25, 2017:
A MAN armed with a machete has been shot dead after trying to attack soldiers on patrol in Brussels, according to reports.
Images on social media show a police cordon on the pavement on Boulevard Emile Jacqmainand a number of police officers stood nearby.
Gunshots were reportedly heard in the Belgian capital with unconfirmed reports claiming the man tried to attack two soldiers who were on patrol.
The soldiers are not believed to have suffered injuries in the attack….
Witness Ryan MacDonald tweeted: “Sound of gunshot, heavy police presence outside on Boulevard Emile Jacqmain, Brussels.”