Two Brussels police officers were stabbed and a main Belgian train station was evacuated after a bomb scare on Wednesday. The more frequent terror attacks have people asking if “urban combat” is now taking place with Islamic extremism and officials just haven’t done enough to confront it.
Brussels North station was emptied after police received a call, warning of a bomb threat around 12:20 pm local time.
A few hours before the train station was evacuated, two police officers were stabbed in Schaerbeek – the hotbed neighborhood where the terrorists behind the airport and metro attacks of March 22 had set up their bomb making factory.
According to Belgian media, the man attacked the police officers during an identity check. One was stabbed in the neck and the other in the stomach. Neither were seriously injured.
The attacker tried to flee the scene but another police patrol shot the individual in the leg and then arrested them.
The Brussels federal prosecutor’s office told La Libre Belgique that it had “reason to believe this was a terrorist attack.”
Police searched through the Brussels Gare du Nord train station for anything suspicious, but nothing was found. The station re-opened at 3 pm local time. A large police presence is still at the station.
The country remains on high alert since the terrorist attack in March that killed 16 people.