A Muslim woman has left three people injured after going on a bloody rampage with a machete on a packed bus in Belgium. Police swarmed the area in Brussels this afternoon after receiving reports a woman was attacking random strangers as they got off a bus.
As officers arrived in the region of Uccle, the woman is alleged to have charged for more people and ignored demands to stop. Armed officers then drew their weapons and fired at the machete-wielding woman – shooting her in the arm.
The woman, who has not been named, was then arrested by police while the victims were raced to hospital for treatment.
None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening – including the alleged attacker.
Witnesses claim the woman was of ‘Asian’ appearance but investigators do not believe the attack is terror-related.
Officials were not immediately available for comment but public broadcaster RTBF quoted unidentified sources as saying police believe the assailant had mental health problems.
The local prosecutor’s office was handling the matter, not the federal body which deals with cases of suspected terrorism.
The Belgian capital has been on high alert since local Islamic State militants carried out the attacks in Paris last November and suicide bombings in Brussels itself in March. Since a man killed 85 people in Nice last month by driving a truck into Bastille Day crowds, a string of less violent incidents elsewhere on the continent has kept Europeans on edge.