At least 1 killed in Belgium stabbing; mayor says not terror

August 22, 2018 - 1:11 pm

BRUSSELS (AP) — A man stabbed several people in eastern Belgium on Wednesday, killing at least one in an attack that wasn't terror-related, a mayor and media reports said.

Thierry Wimmer, the mayor of Plombieres, said that there were "several victims," while local media reported at least one dead and several injured after a knife-wielding man entered a restaurant in the town of Moresnet-Chapelle and started attacking people. Moresnet is part of the Plombieres region and is close to the eastern city of Liege.

Wimmer said on his Facebook page that "this act does not present any terrorist character" and is likely a domestic dispute. He said even though there was a police cordon in the area, there was no more danger.

But it wasn't immediately clear if the attacker was in custody.

Media had earlier showed scenes of police sealing off streets in Moresnet-Chapelle shortly after the attack.

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