3 Belgian police officers injured in ‘terror-related’ assaults
PUBLISHED Wed, October 05, 2016 - 10:54am EDT
Three Belgian police officers have been injured after being attacked by a knife-wielding man in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek, local officials say. The assaults are being treated as a suspected act of terrorism. (more)
The incident began shortly before 12 p.m. local time on Wednesday when two officers attempted to stop a man on a street in the Schaerbeek district. The man immediately pulled out a knife and attacked the officers before fleeing the scene.
Another police patrol in the area later spotted the suspect and attempted to arrest him, during which the man violently resisted and assaulted a third police officer. The suspect was then shot in the leg and taken into custody.
Authorities said the first police officer suffered knife injuries to his neck while the second was stabbed in the abdomen, but neither suffered serious injuries. The third police officer suffered a broken nose and was treated at an area hospital. The suspect suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The federal prosecutor's office identified the suspect as Hicham D., a 43-year-old man with Belgian nationality. "The provisional results of the investigation indicate that it concerns a potential terrorist attack," the office said in a statement.
Other details about an alleged motive were not released and there were no immediate claims of responsibility.