The Belgian burqa ban is set to be challenged before the country's constitutional court by two women who willingly wear the full-body Islamic covering, their lawyer said Friday - one day before the new law was to come into effect.

'My clients are far from being the only ones,' Ines Wouters told the German Press Agency dpa. 'This is really a head-on attack on the Muslim world.'

Belgian lawmakers earlier this year approved the new law, which punishes anyone caught in public places with their face completely or partially covered - thus preventing identification - with a fine of up to 137 euros (197 dollars) and up to seven days' imprisonment.

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