Two police officers were stabbed as one of Belgium’s busiest train stations was evacuated due to a bomb scare.

The officers were attacked by an unnamed Muslim individual in a busy main road in Schaerbeek, known as a ‘hotbed of jihadism’.

Police shot the terrorist in the leg and arrested him.

Federal prosecutor’s spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt said ‘we have reason to believe it is terror-related.’

The prosecutor’s office said the terrorist stabbed one of the police officers in the stomach and the other in the neck.

Neither was seriously hurt.

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The terrorist then tried to run away but was spotted by another police patrol who shot him in the leg.

The terrorist ‘broke the nose’ of one of the policemen in the struggle.

Schaerbeek has become synonymous with terrorism after a dilapidated 1960s flat in the neighbourhood was used by three jihadists as a bomb-making safehouse prior to the devastating airport and metro attacks on March 22.

Several terrorists linked to the coordinated Paris attacks last November were also based in the district.

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The attack came hours after commuters were ordered to leave Brussels Nord Train Station as it was swept for explosives.

Police searched the station, causing major delays, but found ‘nothing untoward’.

The station was re-opened at around 3pm local time.

Spokesman Frederic Sacre said: ‘A message of an alleged bomb threat was sent to the police, all the people were evacuated from the station, the trains stopped.’

The same station was evacuated two days ago as officials investigated a suspect package found in a car parked outside.

Belgium has been on high alert after coordinated suicide bombings at Brussels airport and at Maalbeek metro train station, which left 35 dead and was the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s history.

Representatives from 70 countries and 25 international organisations are currently in Brussels for a major conference on Afghanistan.

US secretary of state, John Kerry and the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon are among those in attendance.

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