Three people injured after knife attack at metro station in Brussels
Three people are injured with one in ‘critical condition’ after knife attack at metro station near EU headquarters in Brussels
- Three people have been injured in knife attack near EU headquarters in Brussels
- Suspect has been arrested and is known to have ‘psychiatric problems’
Three people were injured in a knife attack near the EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday.
One person was left ‘in critical condition’ according to police but it is not believed to have been a terrorist incident.
Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said the man was speedily detained due to coordinated police action at the Schuman metro station.
The suspected attacker was known to police for ‘psychiatric problems’, a source close to the investigation said.
Three people were injured in the attack, with one left in ‘critical condition’, police said. The EU chief Charles Michel praised the swift action of police
Police surround a man sitting on the floor in the Schuman metro station in Brussels where three people were injured in a knife attack on Monday evening
The attack took place at rush hour around 6.45pm.
An AFP journalist at the site said a woman told people not to enter the station, saying there was a man inside armed with a knife as police rushed in.
Traffic was interrupted on the metro line. The station in question is located underneath the European Commission.
‘There is no indication that the motive was related to terrorism at this stage,’ a spokesperson for the Brussels public prosecutor said.
An injured man is helped by emergency personnel outside of the metro station in Brussels following the attack
Emergency workers give a visibly injured man a foil blanket as he sits outside the metro station in temperatures of just 5C
The quick response of the police was praised by EU officials in the wake of the knife attack
The metro station was temporarily closed as police apprehended the suspect, who is known to have ‘psychiatric problems’
European Union chief Charles Michel, a former Belgian prime minister, thanked the police in a tweet and said his thoughts were with the victims.
‘Emotion in the European district. Warm thoughts for the victims. Thanks to the security services.’
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