Two officers on patrol came under attack by a knifeman with one being stabbed in the neck close to Brussels North train station.
Local police said the officers called for reinforcements and the attacker was shot by an officer from a different patrol at around 7.15pm on Thursday.
According to reports, the knifeman shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked but local prosecutors said they cannot confirm or deny that at this time.
Both police officers and their attacker were rushed to hospital where one of the officers and the alleged knifeman died.
A judicial official who could not be quoted by name because the investigation is ongoing told The Associated Press there is “a suspicion of a terror attack.”
The official did not elaborate.
Police officers stand guard at the scene of a stabbing attack in Brussels