Officers killed in Belgium shooting were women, police chief confirms

A knife-wielding man has stabbed two female police officers in the Belgian city of Liege, and then stole their service weapons, and shot them and a bystander dead in an attack prosecutors fear could be terror-related.

Justice Minister Koen Geens said the assailant, who was later killed by police, was released from prison on a two-day leave Monday.

Mr Geens described him as a multiple repeat offender who had been incarcerated since 2003.

Meanwhile Liege Police Chief Christian Beaupere held a press conference in the east Belgian city following the deadly shooting of two police officers and a civilian earlier in the day and thanked officers for courage and professionalism.

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