- The Washington Times - Monday, August 1, 2016

A Belgian priest was reportedly stabbed in his own home by a man who claimed to be an asylum seeker over the weekend.

Jos Vanderlee, 65, was approached Sunday by a refugee who wanted to use his shower at his home in the town of Lanaken, the U.K. Telegraph reported Monday. The priest obliged, but his charitable act was countered with a stabbing after he refused to give the man cash.

“Despite the fact that we are shocked, we must stress that this incident can not be linked to terrorist acts at this stage of the investigation,” Lanaken Mayor Marino Keulen said, the Telegraph reported.

The priest was rushed to a nearby hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, the Telegraph reported.

Authorities suggested the suspect, who is still at large, posed as a refugee to enter the home, local newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported.

Le Soir, a Belgian newspaper, said the attacker was not registered with a nearby refugee center. Initial reports said the suspect may have wandered into Lanaken after seeking asylum in the Netherlands.

Sunday’s attack comes just one week after knife-wielding attackers in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, ambushed a Mass and killed 85-year-old Rev. Jacques Hamel.

“They filmed themselves. It was like a sermon in Arabic around the altar,” a nun told RMC radio of the July 26 killing, Reuters reported.

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