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Man held after Brussels subway ‘attack’

The mayor of Brussels Philippe Close says there has been a “knife attack” at a metro station and police have made an arrest.

Belgium Knife Incident One person has reportedly been injured after a knife attack at a metro station in Belgium.
January 31, 2023
31 January 2023

A young man has been arrested following an attack at a popular Brussels subway station near the European Union headquarters, with one person reported injured, according to eyewitness reports and information from several police officers.

A few minutes before the arrest, passers-by shouted: “He has a knife.”

The mayor of Brussels Philippe Close wrote on Twitter on Monday evening: “Knife attack in Schuman station,” and said good police co-operation had led to a quick arrest. 

Police have not yet confirmed the knife attack.

The incident took place at the popular Schuman underground stop. 

Several police officers with dogs were patrolling the area, which is directly in front of the European Commission.

Rescue workers attended to passers-by.

The extent of the injured person’s injuries was not immediately available, nor was information on additional victims.

Service at the station was suspended, the Brussels transport authority said on Twitter.

The Schuman station is located between important EU institutions and is used by many EU employees. 

The European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the EU External Action Service are directly adjacent to the station.

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