Belgian police officer stabbing a possible terror attack — here's what we know

Source: AP
Source: AP

Belgian police officers were stabbed in a possibly "terror-related" incident in Brussels, the Associated Press tweeted Wednesday. 

According to the AP, the attack occurred in the Schaerbeek neighborhood of Brussels around 12 p.m. local time. The suspect, who has since been named at 43-year-old Belgian national Hicham D., pulled out a knife and stabbed two officers, one in the neck and one in the abdomen, before punching another officer in the face. Police shot the suspect, wounding him in the leg. 

According to the BBC, a spokesperson for the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said that they have "reason to believe that the incident was a terrorist attack." Authorities are investigating the assailant's motives. 

This is the second mention of terrorist activity in Brussels on Wednesday — hours before the officers were stabbed, authorities received a tip about an explosive device in the Brussels Nord train station. According to the Deutsche Welle, it was a false alarm, but after tandem bombing attacks at the city's Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek train station left more than 30 people dead and over 300 others injured in March, the city is on alert. The Islamic State group claimed credit for those attacks.

Oct. 5, 2016, 11:35 a.m.: This story has been updated.

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