[UPDATED-Yes, she’s a Muslim] BELGIUM: Unnamed machete-wielding, “Asian-looking woman “with mental issues” goes on stabbing spree on bus

muslim-headscarfSources close to the investigation say police do not believe the incident was terrorism or politically motivated and the assailant is said to have had “mental health” problems. (‘Mental issues’ has become the new pseudonym for Islamic terrorism and the word ‘Asian’ is used in place of ‘Muslim’ in UK media)

UK Mirror (h/t Brenda K)  The unnamed woman was seen going on a bloody rampage, slashing and injuring threee passengers with a machete before on a packed bus in Belgium armed officer swooped and blasted her with their guns.


Witnesses claim the woman was of ‘Asian’ appearance but investigators do not believe the attack is terror-related.

Police swarmed the area in Brussels this afternoon after receiving reports a woman was attacking random strangers as they got off a bus.  As officers arrived in the region of Uccle, the woman is alleged to have charged for more people and ignored demands to stop.


Armed officers then drew their weapons and fired at the machete-wielding woman – shooting her in the arm. The woman, who has not been named, was then arrested by police while the victims were raced to hospital for treatment.  None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening – including the alleged attacker.

Officials were not immediately available for comment but public broadcaster RTBF quoted unidentified sources as saying police believe the assailant had “mental health” problems.

Brussels has been on high alert since local ISIS militants carried out the attacks in Paris last November and suicide bombings in Brussels itself in March. 


UPDATE1:  THIS JUST IN (h/t Maria J)