Incident Summary:

11/20/2018: An assailant, armed with two kitchen knives, stabbed a police officer outside the Grand Place market square in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to the assailant, the police officer was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities apprehended an assailant suspected of being a jihadi-inspired extremist.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Grand Place market square.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Federal Police
Specific Description Officer
Nationality of Target Belgium
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Two kitchen knives were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources debated whether the attack was related to the assailant's past criminal activity.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Attacker shouting Allahu akbar stabs Belgian policeman," Reuters India, November 20, 2018.
"Man shot after stabbing police officer in the neck in Brussels," Telegraph, November 20, 2018.
"Policeman stabbed in Brussels, motive unclear," NigeriaNews24 .com, November 20, 2018.