A car crashed into the police escort waiting for the ambassador of Qatar outside the royal palace of Laken in Brussels on Tuesday morning. Eight people were injured. One officer, who was fighting for his life, is now on the mend.
Police spokeswoman Astrid Kaisin was keen to emphasize that the driver was not targeting the ambassador of Qatar: “It was an act of desperation. The driver wanted to commit suicide. We are working on the thesis that this was not an attack.”
The driver, who had Belgian number plates, was also injured and had to be taken to hospital. He is a 40year-old Algerian national, who 18 months ago benefited from an amnesty allowing undocumented people to stay in the country. He has been detained.