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Wed 14 Mar 2012 11:44 AM

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Suicide driver attacks Qatari motorcade in Belgium

Eight police injured in attack outside royal palace in Brussels

Suicide driver attacks Qatari motorcade in Belgium
“Belgium will not tolerate this type of act and the importing of this type of conflict on its territory." (AFP/Getty Images)

Eight police offers were injured when a driver rammed into a motorcade escorting a Qatari delegation into the royal palace in Brussels, according to reports yesterday.

A palace spokesperson in Brussels told the AFP news service that the driver, who survived the incident, said he was trying to commit suicide.

Click here to see our gallery of the incident.

The report added the injured policemen had been escorting the ambassador of Qatar into the palace to present his credentials to Belgian monarch King Albert II when the attack took place.

The incident comes just as it was reported a man set fire to a Shi'ite mosque in Brussels, resulting in the death of the local imam.

Interior Minister Joelle Milquet said the suspect stormed into the mosque with an axe, a knife and fuel, shouting about the crisis in Syria.

“Belgium will not tolerate this type of act and the importing of this type of conflict on its territory,” Milquet said of the mosque attack, adding that the government would take “all necessary measures” in coming days to prevent attacks.

Click here to see our gallery of the incident.

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