Lost below the fold amidst the wall-to-wall Olympics coverage is an attack on two female Belgian police officers by a machete-wielding man shouting the jihadi mating-call.
The assailant is said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) during the assault outside the city’s main police station.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told broadcaster RTL by phone: “Initial indications very clearly point towards terrorism.”
Reports say the prime minister has cut short his holiday in the south of France and will return to Belgium for a meeting of the National Security Council on Sunday.
Belgium has been on edge since suicide bombers attacked an airport terminal and a metro station in the Belgian capital on 22 March, killing 32 people and injuring many more.
The Belga news agency said one of the policewomen who was targeted suffered minor injuries, but the other had to receive treatment for serious wounds to her face.
The two were manning a guard-post outside the police station. The attacker was shot and killed by another officer nearby.