Multiple dead and wounded in stabbing attack in Reading, UK

Published By ITCT News Desk On : June 20, 2020
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A man has been arrested after multiple people were stabbed in the southern English town of Reading. (9News)

Counter-terrorism police have joined the investigation after a stabbing attack in Reading left three people dead and two critically injured.

Thames Valley said officers and other emergency had services attended “multiple stabbings” at a park in Forbury Gardens, Reading on Saturday night.

A Libyan man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Police said they had taken several casualties to the Royal Berkshire hospital.A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that two of them were in critical condition in the emergency department.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his “thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading”.

“My thanks to the emergency services on the scene,” he added.

BBC correspondent Helena Wilkinson said one eyewitness told her that he saw a man move from group to group stabbing people, and then quickly leave the park.

There were reports that a police officer “rugby tackled” a suspect to the ground, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Police said there is no indication the attack was linked to the Black Lives Matter protest that took place at the same location earlier in the day.
The Press Association news agency and Sky News quoted security sources as saying terrorism was suspected.
UPDATE: 
A BBC report says:

Khairi Saadallah, 25, from the town, was arrested at the scene on Saturday and police say they are not looking for anyone else over the terror incident.

Sources told the BBC he is originally from Libya and came to the attention of MI5 in 2019.

Security sources told the BBC the suspect came to the attention of the security services after they received information he had aspirations to travel to Syria – potentially for terrorism.

It is understood the information was further investigated, and no genuine threat or immediate risk was identified.

No case file was opened which would have made him a target for further investigation.

Khairi Saadallah, 25, from the town, was arrested at the scene on Saturday and police say they are not looking for anyone else over the terror incident.

 

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of counter-terrorism policing, described it as an “atrocity” and said his “deepest sympathies go to the families who will be mourning loved ones after this horrific act”.

One victim has been named as teacher James Furlong – described by his school as “talented and inspirational”.

This story will be updated in case of new information. 

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