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Terror fear after man stabs two Belgian police officers

Police investigate the scene where a man stabbed two police officers, in the Schaerbeek neighborhood in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The man stabbed one officer in the neck and the other in the abdomen and then fled the scene in an incident that Belgian prosecutors say could be terror-related. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
Police investigate the scene where a man stabbed two police officers, in the Schaerbeek neighborhood in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The man stabbed one officer in the neck and the other in the abdomen and then fled the scene in an incident that Belgian prosecutors say could be terror-related. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
Police officers investigate the scene where a man stabbed two police officers, in the Schaerbeek neighborhood in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

A knife-wielding man has stabbed two police officers in Brussels in an incident which may be terror-related, Belgian prosecutors said.

It is the latest attack on law enforcement officials in a country which has been on high alert since 32 people were killed in suicide bombing attacks in the Brussels airport and subway on March 22.

The suspected assailant stabbed one officer in the neck and the other in the abdomen in the city's Schaerbeek area before fleeing, according to reports.

He was stopped by a second group of police officers. He broke the nose of one officer, who then shot the man in the leg, after which he was detained.

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, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
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, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Federal prosecutor's office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt said of the incident: "We have reason to believe that it is terror-related."

He added that the injuries to the police officers were not life threatening.

In August, a machete-wielding man shouting "Allahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is Great" - attacked and seriously wounded two policewomen in the southern Belgian city of Mons. The assailant was shot dead.

The attack was later claimed by the Islamic State extremist group, which also claimed to have carried out the Brussels suicide bombings.

On September 7, a man carrying a knife attacked two police officers in the Molenbeek area of Brussels, but the officers were wearing bulletproof vests and suffered only bruises. The assailant said nothing during that attack and gave no indication of his motives.

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