UK: 3 KILLED IN KNIFE AT­TACK

Libyan man in his 20s ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the knife at­tack at a park in Read­ing town

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - Pra­sun Son­walkar pra­sun.son­walkar@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

Three peo­ple were killed when a man went on a stab­bing spree at a park in cen­tral Read­ing, in an at­tack the Scot­land Yard on Sun­day de­scribed as a ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent.

LON­DON: Three peo­ple were killed and three oth­ers se­ri­ously in­jured when a man went on a stab­bing spree at a park in cen­tral Read­ing on Satur­day, in an at­tack the Scot­land Yard on Sun­day de­scribed as a ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent.

The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied in re­ports as Khairi Saadal­lah, a Libyan-ori­gin man aged 25, was ar­rested by the Bri­tish po­lice on sus­pi­cion of mur­der and re­mains in cus­tody.

Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son said he was “ap­palled and sick­ened” by the in­ci­dent which took place on Satur­day.

The at­tack took place in the

For­bury Gar­dens in cen­tral Read­ing, which is about 65km west of Lon­don. Wit­nesses said the park at the time was full of peo­ple, when the man walked through, shouted some­thing and slashed at peo­ple.

Neil Basu, the head of counter ter­ror­ism polic­ing at Scot­land Yard, said: “From our in­quiries so far, of­fi­cers have found noth­ing to sug­gest that there was any­one else in­volved in this at­tack and presently we are not look­ing for any­one else in re­la­tion to this in­ci­dent.”

“Al­though the mo­ti­va­tion for this hor­rific act is far from cer­tain, counter ter­ror­ism polic­ing have taken re­spon­si­bil­ity for lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The lo­cal Thames Val­ley po­lice sought video footage of the in­ci­dent from the pub­lic. Chief con­sta­ble John Camp­bell said: “I am deeply sad­dened by the events of last night. This was a truly tragic in­ci­dent and the thoughts of Thames Val­ley Po­lice are with all those who have been af­fected.”

“I would urge the pub­lic to avoid the area at this time and thank the com­mu­nity for their pa­tience. We will let you know as soon as the area is back open. I would also ask that the pub­lic avoid spec­u­la­tion,” he added.

The UK’s ter­ror­ism threat level was low­ered in Novem­ber 2019 from ‘se­vere’ to ‘sub­stan­tial’, which means an at­tack was likely.

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Po­lice of­fi­cers carry flow­ers left by peo­ple next to the po­lice cor­don at the scene of mul­ti­ple stab­bings in Read­ing, Bri­tain.

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