A man armed with a knife who charged at two railway policemen at the Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station was charged on Thursday with attempted murder by the investigating judge. The suspect’s attorney, Ercan Tok, said he had no terrorist intent.
Security cameras showed the individual rushing into the train station and charging at a railway police patrol, which then fired on him. He was taken to hospital in a critical state and operated on. He is now out of danger.
The suspect is a 28-year-old Afghan who has a residence permit and lives in Ghent. According to the prosecution, he shows no sign of radicalization but has psychotic problems.
Because of his state of health, he was unable to appear on Thursday before the investigating judge, who granted the prosecution’s request for him to be charged with attempted murder.