Three injured in knife attack by pro-Turkish government group in Brussels

69-year-old Sultan Ogras was stabbed in the throat.

Update: 21:10 (CET) – A second attack occurred against people protesting the first attack on the three ‘no’ voters. A group calling themselves the ‘Ottoman Hearths’, thought to be a pro-Erdogan group was reported as carrying out the attack. Police dispersed crowds as helicopters continue flying above the consulate.

Three people have been attacked by a pro-Turkish government group in Belgian capital Brussels as they were on their way to vote in Turkey’s constitutional referendum.

An elderly woman by the name of Sultan Ogras was injured after being stabbed in the throat by the attackers. Two other men were also wounded.

Ogras was taken to hospital but her condition is reported as stable, after initial fears that she was seriously wounded.

The attackers took refuge in the Turkish Embassy as tensions continue, Firat News Agency reported. The victims were taken to hospital.

Turkey’s upcoming referendum has polarised society both inside and outside the country as the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party continues employing a rhetoric accusing those voting against the reform “terrorists”.

The 18-article reform will give the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping executive powers, which the government claims will strengthen the country’s resolve against all its enemies.

A group calling itself the the ‘European No Platform’ formed to organise the vote against the constitutional reform released a statement condemning the attack.

“The dictator in the palace [Erdogan] and the fascist AKP-MHP mob cannot scare us with these attacks. We are going to work even more for a ‘no’ vote in the referendum,” the group said, calling on everyone with a vote to vote in support of “democracy, freedom and equality,” against the change.

People gathered outside the Turkish consulate in Brussels to protest the attack.