Published On: Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018

BREAKING: 'Knifeman' brandishes weapon at Belgian practice station police – pictures fired

Officers are but to substantiate the motive of the incident.

The incident occurred exterior the Gent-st-Pietrea station to the south of the Metropolis’s centre.

The realm is at present on police lockdown – nevertheless practice companies are believed to nonetheless be in operation.

Regional officers have confirmed investigations are ongoing.

Spokeswoman for the regional Prosecutor An Schoonjans mentioned: “A capturing incident occurred on the station of Gent-Sint-Pieters.

“The railway police have fired at a person with a knife.

“The person was taken to the hospital and injured and is in peril.

“We examine the precise circumstances of the information.”

A pupil who witnessed the incident mentioned: “The person first entered the station loudly”.

“Then he pulled a knife and held it within the air. 

“When the police ordered the person to put down his knife, he refused.”

The person reportedly additionally entered a store throughout the highway earlier than the incident – the place he additionally brandished the weapon.

The shopkeeper mentioned he “regarded determined” throughout the alternate.

Belgium diminished its nationwide menace stage on Monday, saying a militant assault had turn out to be much less doubtless virtually two years after bombings killed 32 folks in Brussels.

The federal government diminished the menace stage to 2 on a four-tier scale, indicating a medium danger. 

Authorities had been on alert at stage three for the intense likelihood of an assault for the reason that bombings on March 22, 2016.

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