6 Oct 2016

Belgium police officers stabbed in possible terrorist attack

9:24 am on 6 October 2016

Two police officers have been stabbed in Brussels in a possible terrorist incident, Belgian prosecutors say.

Police set up a security perimeter around the scene where police officers were stabbed in the Schaerbeek neighbourhood in Brussels.

Police set up a security perimeter around the scene where police officers were stabbed in the Schaerbeek neighbourhood in Brussels. Photo: AFP

One officer was stabbed in the neck and another in the stomach, while a third officer who arrived at the scene in Schaerbeek district suffered a broken nose, Belgian broadcaster VRT reported.

Belgian prosecutors said the officers had not suffered life-threatening injuries.

The attacker was shot in the leg and taken away by ambulance.

Authorities named the attacker as "Hicham D", 43, of Belgian nationality.

Belgian media reported that Hicham D was known to Belgian police and was believed to have links to jihadists who travelled to Syria to fight. He also served as a Belgian army officer until 2009.

"We have reason to believe that the incident was a terrorist attack," a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor's office, Eric Van Der Sypt, said.

The attack happened near a main road in a region linked to previous terror attacks.

It comes just hours after commuters were evacuated from Brussels Nord station over a bomb scare.

Belgium has been on high alert following attacks in Brussels on the airport and the city's metro system in March, which killed 35 people and injured more than 300.

The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

- BBC

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