Updated: June 21, 2020 9:35:42 am
Three other people have been killed and 3 severely harm Saturday in a summer-evening stabbing assault in a park within the English the city of Reading, police mentioned. They mentioned it was once “not currently” being handled as a terrorism and the cause was once unclear.
Thames Valley Police power mentioned officials arrested a 25-year-old native guy on the scene they usually weren’t searching for any person else.
“There is no intelligence to suggest that there is any further danger to the public,” mentioned Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter.
“This is not currently being treated as a terrorism incident; however, officers are keeping an open mind as to the motivation for the incident,” Hunter added. He mentioned detectives from the counter-terrorism unit have been supporting the investigation.
British media had previous reported that police suspected a terrorist cause and that the person arrested was once Libyan. Police did ascertain that or unencumber the suspect’s title.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned his “thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading.”
The violence erupted round 7 p.m. as households and pals have been playing a heat, sunny night within the Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a the city of about 200,000 citizens 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London.
Witnesses reported that police vehicles and helicopters descended at the park. Within mins police had blocked off a number of roads, and two air ambulances landed within reach.
Personal teacher Lawrence Wort mentioned the park was once stuffed with teams socializing at the grass when “one lone person walked through, suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them.”
“He stabbed three of them, severely in the neck, and under the arms, and then turned and started running towards me, and we turned and started running,” Wort mentioned. “When he realized that he couldn’t catch us, he tried to stab another group sat down. He got one person in the back of the neck and then when he realized everyone was starting to run, he ran out the park.”
Police mentioned that “a number of people were injured and taken to hospital. Tragically, three of these people died, and another three sustained serious injuries.”
The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading mentioned it was once treating two casualties from the incident.
The incident got here hours after a Black Lives Matter demonstration at Forbury Gardens, however police mentioned there was once no connection between the assault and the protest.
Nieema Hassan, one of the vital organizers of Saturday’s protest, mentioned demonstrators had left by the point the violence came about. In a social media submit, she mentioned she was once “praying for the people that are affected. I hope they’re OK.”
Britain’s legit terrorism danger stage stands at “substantial,” the center stage on a five-rung scale, that means an assault is most probably.
It had up to now stood a notch upper, at “substantial,” for a number of years. The nation has been hit by means of a chain of violent assaults lately, together with a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande live performance in Manchester in 2017 that killed 22 other people and two fatal car and knife assaults in London the similar yr.
Airline employee Carlos Garcia Pascual was once strolling to his house close to Forbury Gardens when emergency automobiles and law enforcement officials descended. He mentioned it was once “chaos” as police yelled at other people to go away the world.
“We didn’t know if it was a situation like like happened in London a few years ago, where the attackers were on the loose,” he mentioned. “Forbury Gardens is a peaceful place, a lot of families go there with their kids to play, picnics. To realize that happened in Forbury Gardens is really hard to believe.”
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