The attacker was shot by the Brussels police and taken to hospital after stabbing several officers
A police officer was fatally stabbed and another injured after a knife attack in the Belgian capital, with federal prosecutors saying they believe the incident was an act of terrorism.
The attack took place near Brussels-North station on Thursday night, in which the suspect, who has yet to be identified, attempted to stab two officers while on patrol, according to local police.
“One of our patrols was attacked by a man armed with a knife,” police said, as quoted by a Belgian newspaper, adding that the two officers ‘ then called for backup. An officer from another patrol used his firearm to neutralize the attacker.”
The two injured officers were taken to hospital, but one of them died from a knife wound to the neck, the newspaper reports. The attacker was also taken to hospital, but his condition is unknown, as is that of the second police officer.
Eric Van der Sypt, an official at the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, told the Associated Press that the attack took place in a “terrorist context”, noting that the federal authorities took over the case because there were “suspicion of a terrorist attack.”
Belgian media claim the attacker was heard screaming “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is great” — during the attack, but officials have yet to confirm many details about the incident.
The attacker’s motive has yet to be determined. According to another local newspaper, Het Laatste Nieuws, the lone knifeman appeared at a police station earlier on Thursday, where he told officers he planned to kill a member of law enforcement. A local police union reported the same, but it remains unclear why the man was not arrested.
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