Two police officers in Brussels stabbed in suspected terrorist attack

The plain clothes officers did not suffer any life-threatening injuries

Two police officers in Brussels stabbed in suspected terrorist attack

An officer stands next to evidence as police investigate the scene where an unidentified man stabbed two police officers, in the Schaerbeek neighborhood in Brussels. Image: Olivier Matthys AP/Press Association Images

Two police officers in Brussels have been stabbed in a suspected terrorist attack, Belgian prosecutors have said.

According to reports, the knife-wielding man stabbed one officer in the neck and another in the stomach in the city's Schaerbeek area.

He fled the scene before being stopped by a second group of officers and shot in the leg. 

The offender, who is said to be 43-years-old and of Belgian nationality, also broke the nose of a third policeman.

Police said the officers, who were wearing plain clothes, did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

Eric Van Der Sypt, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said: "We have reason to believe the incident was a terrorist attack."

Belgium has been on high alert after bombings in March killed 32 people at the city's airport and subway.

Earlier on Wednesday, the city's Gare du Nord railway station was closed for an hour because of a bomb alert. 

Services resumed after bomb disposal teams had checked the area.