Sarah Frederickx of the Brussels South Local Police Service that covers Sint-Gillis told VRT News that there had been unrest in the area for several days prior to the attack.
“This was an off-duty policeman in civilian clothes who was walking on the Jacques Franckplein at around 6:45pm. A large group of youths recognised him. He was followed and was struck with implements including a crutch. He was injured and will be unable to work for 7 days”.
It is as yet unclear as to why the man was attacked. However, Ms Frederickx says that there has been tension in the area for several days as local youths are involved in a dispute with youths from the Marollen area of Central Brussels. The police spokeswoman added that the situation is being closely monitored.