More details have emerged about the 43-year-old assailant in the aftermath of the brutal attack, in which two police officers were stabbed in broad daylight, suffering injuries to the neck and stomach - both were never in a life-threatening condition.
The attacker apparently served in the Belgian armed forces, and was living in Schaarbeek with his wife and 5 children. In his spare time, he practised kickboxing, a sport where he also acted as a teacher. A neighbour of his told the VRT that he seemed like a nice, polite family man. She said she was surprised to hear of rumours about him having contacts with extremist terrorist groups.
Another fact popped up: the assailant was the victim of a road accident. He was hit by a police car going at high speed some years ago. This ended his kick boxing career. Wednesday's act may have been one of plain revenge.
Police also apprehended his 46-year-old brother, a Belgian national.