A police officer was killed in a knife attack on Thursday in the Brussels municipality of Schaerbeek close to Brussels North railway station at around 7:30 p.m. local time. The attack targeted a police patrol. Another officer was wounded.It was said the attacker shouted “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great,” during the attack.The attacker was shot in the legs and abdomen as to control the person. “It is suspected to be terror-related. It has naturally to be confirmed by the inquiry,” the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s spokesperson Eric Van Duyse declared. Local media are reporting that the attacker also died at hospital. The attacker’s motive is unknown. The person had gone to police earlier in the day threatening an attack.
Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo expressed his condolences. “Our police officers risk life and limb every day to keep our society safe. Unfortunately, that is once again apparent today,” he wrote on Twitter. “We stand in solidarity with the police forces. The police protect us and must be protected,” Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola said she was “shocked”. Belgium has been hit by several terror attacks in the past decade, including suicide bombings in 2016 that killed 32 people and injured hundreds more.