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Refugee Stabs Belgian Priest After He Refuses To Give Money

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A Belgian priest was stabbed Sunday after he refused to give money to a refugee invited into his house.

The refugee knocked on 65-year-old Jos Vanderlee’s door and identified himself as a refugee. The man asked if he could use the shower and Vanderlee invited him into his house.

When the refugee finished his shower, he asked Vanderlee for money. When the priest refused to hand over cash, the refugee stabbed him before fleeing the scene.

Vanderlee was rushed to the hospital with hand and tendon injuries, but will make a full recovery.

The perpetrator is believed to be an asylum applicant in the Netherlands, which is just a few miles away from the city of Lanaken where the stabbing took place. Police further believe the man used his refugee status with the sole intention of robbing the house. There are currently no indications the attack has any links to terrorism.

“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,” said Lanaken Mayor Marion Keulen, according to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.

The stabbing comes less than a week after two men slit the throat of a Catholic priest in Normandy. (RELATED: Priest Killed In Assault On Church in France)

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