Brussels stabbing kills officer, local police say



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A police officer has died after a stabbing in Brussels on Thursday night, Belgian police said in a tweet.

“A police patrol was attacked by a person with a knife. Other police officers came as backup and used their weapons to shoot the attacker as if to control the person,” a Brussels North police spokesman told CNN via email.

“The injured were taken to hospital. The first investigative tasks are ongoing,” added the spokesman.

The condition of the attacker is still unclear.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo expressed his condolences and said his thoughts are with the family and friends of the dead officer.

“Our police officers risk life and limb every day to keep our society safe. Unfortunately, that was evident again today,” he said in a tweet.

Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden described the incident as “a terrible drama and heartbreaking news”.

“My thoughts are first and foremost with the next of kin, members of the police precinct and the entire police organization,” he tweeted.

Brussels mayor Philippe Close called it an “unbearable drama” in Brussels.

“We stand in solidarity with the police forces. The police protect us and must protect themselves,” he said.

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