Several people were stabbed in a park in Reading on Saturday evening. The police do not consider the facts to be “terrorist in nature”.
Three people were killed in a knife attack Saturday night in a park in Reading, west London, according to British police. The terrorist track has not yet been retained. A 25-year-old man from the city was arrested at the scene of the attack and taken into police custody, police said. The attack also left three people seriously injured.
Police and rescue workers responded after receiving calls to the effect that several people had been stabbed in Forbury Gardens at around 7:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. in Switzerland). “The facts are not currently considered to be of a terrorist nature,” said chief commissioner Ian Hunter in a statement. However, the investigators “keep an open mind about their motivation” and work with the support of the anti-terrorist police. A security perimeter was set up to carry out on-site observations, the police calling on the public to “avoid the area”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed his “thoughts to everyone affected by the appalling events in Reading” in a tweet thanking emergency services. Interior Minister Priti Patel said she was “deeply concerned”, also on Twitter.
Several groups attacked
Witnesses quoted by the PA news agency said that a man had attacked several groups gathered in this park during this sunny evening. “The park was full. Lots of people were sitting for a drink with friends, when a person arrived, suddenly shouted unintelligible words and went towards a group of ten people, trying to attack them with a knife, “told the British agency PA a witness to the scene. The police called on Internet users not to share the images of the scene that circulated on social networks, but rather to communicate them to the investigators.
“He stabbed three of them, severely in the neck and under the arms, then he turned around and started running towards me. We turned around and started running, “said the 20-year-old sports coach. “When he realized that he could not catch us, he managed to reach a person on the back of the neck and when he saw that everyone started to run, he left the park,” he said. -he tells.
Black Lives Matter demonstration
The incident took place near the place where an anti-racist “Black Lives Matter” demonstration took place earlier today, but organizers and the police alike believe there is no connection.
None of those who took part in the protest were affected, said organizer Nieema Hassan in a video on social media. “We were gone when it happened.”
The UK has experienced two terrorist attacks in recent months. In late November, a jihadist on parole killed two people in the heart of London. The assailant, who was wearing a dummy explosive vest, was shot dead by police on the London Bridge. The 28-year-old was a former terrorist detainee who was released half-time. He had been sentenced to 16 years in prison for an Al Qaeda-inspired project to set up a training camp in Pakistan and to bomb the London Stock Exchange.
Boris Johnson’s Conservative government has since announced a bill to increase penalties for those who commit terrorist acts, prohibiting their early release. On February 2, three people were stabbed to death in a police-style attack on a shopping street in south London, according to police. The assailant, already convicted of terrorist offenses, was killed by the police.