3 people stabbed to death in terror attack in UK town
Three people were stabbed to death and three others seriously injured after a man went on a rampage in a park in central Reading on Saturday, which was treated as a terror attack by Scotland Yard on Sunday, adding to public concern amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The man has been identified in reports as Khairi Saadallah, 25, of Libyan origin. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled and sickened” by the incident. The UK’s terrorism threat level was lowered in November 2019 from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’, which means an attack is likely.
The attack took place on Saturday night in the Forbury Gardens in central Reading, which is about 65 km 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.”
He added: “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, and urged people not circulate them on social media.
Chief constable John Campbell: “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”.
“Incidents of this nature are very rare, though I know that will be of little comfort to those involved and understand the concern that this incident will have caused amongst our local community”.
“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.