ISIL has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s machete attack during which two police officers were severely wounded at a security checkpoint in Charleroi, Belgium, the New York Times (8/7, Breeden) reports. According to a statement issued Sunday by ISIL’s Amaq News Agency, a “soldier of the Islamic State” carried out the attack “in response to calls to target citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition.” The Wall Street Journal (8/7, A1, Norman) reports that Belgian authorities, who have opened a terrorism investigation into the assault, said the attacker, who was shot by police and later died, has been identified as a 33-year-old Algerian who had been living in the country since 2012.
MERCER [County PA] – On the morning that single-point entry and security screening arrived at the Mercer County Courthouse, county Commissioner Matt McConnell made a grim assessment of the action. “The terrorists won,’’ he said. Source: Mercer Harold – Michael