Belgian police shot and seriously wounded a man who they said attacked them with a knife after they found him sleeping rough near a center for asylum seekers in Brussels on Monday.

Prosecutors dismissed any terrorist motive on the part of the man, who a local refugee organization said was an Egyptian asylum-seeker, and opened investigations into both the knife attack and the police officers’ use of a firearm.

Shortly after 9 a.m. in an area dominated by government offices, two police officers used a baton and pepper spray on the man when he pulled the knife after they woke him and asked him to move on. When he slashed one in the face, the other officer shot the man in the chest and leg. A third shot missed.

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