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Two Belgian brothers have been charged with terrorist offences following a knife attack on police officers in Brussels earlier this week, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Belgium has been on high alert since March 22, when more than 30 people were killed by three suicide bombers at the Brussels international airport and an underground station in the Belgian capital.

On Wednesday, two police officers were attacked at around noon (1000 GMT) in the northern Brussels commune of Schaerbeek by a man armed with a knife who was identified as 43-year-old Hicham D, a Belgian national.

Neither officer suffered life-threatening injuries, nor did the attacker, who was shot in the leg by a third police officer.

On Thursday, the suspect was placed under arrest and charged with attempted murder in a terrorist context, as well as participation in the activities of a terrorist group. His brother, identified as Aboubaker D, was also detained.

On Friday, the brother was also charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group, the prosecution said in a statement.

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