A Belgium police officer stands next to a cordoned-off area after it was reported that a man attacked a policeman with a knife in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Belgian police have shot and injured a man after he attacked one of the officers with a knife in a northern neighborhood of the capital city, Brussels. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Belgian police shoot, wound knife-wielding assailant

September 17, 2018 - 2:48 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police shot and injured a man who attacked one of the officers with a knife on Monday in a northern neighborhood of the capital city, Brussels.

"The man attacked one of our colleagues with a knife," slightly wounding the officer on the head, said Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van De Keere.

Van De Keere said that a second officer shot the attacker and "seriously wounded him." She said that the full details of the incident were not immediately clear.

A local resident, who would only identify himself as Aziz, told The Associated Press that he heard at least two shots.

"I heard a gunshot. Then two or three. Then a guy fell down on the ground and the police were shouting 'drop the knife, drop the knife,' and the guy fell on the ground."

The incident happened near a park where migrants routinely camp while their applications for residency permits are assessed nearby.