November 10, 2022 Faith Matters

Police officer killed in suspected terror attack in Brussels

A police officer has died and another was injured following a stabbing attack in Brussels, which a Belgian judicial official said was suspected to be terrorism-linked.

The suspected attacker was shot and “neutralised” after the stabbing and taken to hospital, Belgian police said.

“One of our patrols was attacked by a man armed with a knife,” police said.

“The two police officers then called for reinforcements. An officer from another patrol used his firearm to neutralise the attacker.”

Police added: “The two injured detectives and the assailant were taken to hospital.”

A judicial official who could not be quoted by name because the investigation is ongoing told The Associated Press there is “a suspicion of a terror attack”.

The official did not elaborate.

According to Belgian media, the attacker shouted “Allahu akbar”, the Arabic phrase for “God is great”.

Le Soir newspaper said the dead police officer was stabbed in the neck and died in hospital.

Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo posted a message of condolence to the family and friends of the dead officer.

“Our police officers risk their lives every day to ensure the safety of our citizens,” he said.

“Today’s tragedy demonstrates this once again.”

Interior minister Annelies Verlinden said she was in contact with the Brussels mayor, police chief and security services to co-ordinate the response to the attack.

“Such violence against our people is unacceptable,” she said.

The attack took place at about 7.15pm local time.