Armed suspect in mortal danger after being shot by Belgian police

A man shot by police in the Belgian city of Ghent after refusing to drop a handgun is in a critical condition, a prosecution spokeswoman told dpa, while giving few details on the incident late Monday, as it was under investigation.

There was no reason to suspect that terrorist motives were involved, Julie Van Hoorebeke added.

Belgium has been on high alert after coordinated suicide attacks killed more than 30 people in the capital, Brussels, in March. This month, a man attacked two police officers with a machete in the city of Charleroi, in what is being treated as a terrorist attack.

Monday's incident in Ghent, 50 kilometres north-west of Brussels, involved a 26-year-old man known to the police for previous offences, Van Hoorebeke said.

He had appeared in the city centre wielding a gun and was "neutralized" after refusing to drop it, a police spokesman said according to the Belga news agency. The incident took place at around 6 pm (1600 GMT), after police were alerted by an emergency call.

According to Belgian media, the man had held a weapon to a woman's head, while witnesses had said he had opened fire first. The prosecution spokesman would not confirm these reports.

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Report: Armed suspect shot by police in Belgian city

An armed man was shot by police when he refused to drop his handgun Monday evening in the Belgian city of Ghent, the news agency Belga reported, citing authorities.

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