Suspected Islamist stabs two policemen in Brussels metro


A suspected Islamist stabbed two policemen Friday at an underground station in a Brussels neighborhood where scuffles broke out a week earlier, local media reported.

The two victims, a man and a woman who were attacked during a routine check, did not sustain life-threatening wounds, the reports said.

The attacker was quickly subdued and was found to be carrying documents connected to Shariah4Belgium, an extremist Muslim group active in Belgium, public television said.

“He confessed to wanting to attack the police because of Belgium's attitude towards Muslims,” television said.

Clashes broke out last week in the same Molenbeek neighborhood between police and Muslim youth over the arrest of a young woman wearing a full veil.

The Shariah4Belgium group had then posted a video on the Internet defending the detained woman. The group’s leader was subsequently arrested.