LONDON — Three people were killed and three badly injured Saturday in the summer, in the evening in a stabbing attack in a park in the English city of Reading, police said. They said that it was not “currently” being treated as acts of terrorism, and the reason was not clear.
Thames Valley Police said that officers arrested a 25-year-old local man at the scene and they are not looking for someone else.
“There is no intelligence that there was no more danger to the public,” said Detective chief Superintendent Ian Hunter.
UK SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER THE STABBING ATTACK, POLICE SAYS
“This is not treated as a terrorism incident; however, officers are keeping an open mind about the motivation of the incident,” Hunter added. He said that the detectives of the counter-terrorism unit to support the investigation.
The british media had already reported that the police suspect a terrorist motive and that the arrested man was Libyan. The Police has confirmed that, to release the suspect’s name.
The prime Minister, Boris Johnson has said his “thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident in the Reading. ”
The violence erupted around 7 p.m., families and friends were enjoying a warm, sunny evening in the Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a city of approximately 200 000 inhabitants and 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the west of London.
Witnesses have reported that police cars and helicopters descended on the park. Within minutes the police had blocked several roads, and two air ambulances landed nearby.
Personal trainer Lawrence Wort said the park was full of groups of socialization on the grass, when “a single person to cross suddenly cried out a few 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 began to run,” Wort said. “When he realized that he could not catch us, he tried to stab another group sat down. He had a person in the back of the neck and then when he realized that everyone began to run, to run out of the park”.
The Police said that “a number of people were injured and taken to hospital. Unfortunately, three of these people are dead and three others were seriously injured.”
The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading has said that it was the treatment of two victims of the incident.
The incident occurred hours after a Black Lives Matter demonstration at the Forbury Gardens, but the police said that there was no link between the attack and the protest.
Nieema Hassan, one of the organizers of Saturday’s protest, said the demonstrators had left by the time the violence occurred. In the social media post, she said she was “praying for the people who are affected. I hope they are OK.”
Britain’s official terrorism threat is “substantial”, the average level over a period of five rung of the ladder, which means that the attack is likely.
He had already resisted a notch higher, at “considerable” for several years. The country has been hit by a series of violent attacks in recent years, including a suicide attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in 2017 that killed 22 people, and two deadly car and knife attacks in London the same year.
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The airline worker Carlos Garcia Pascual was walking to his home near Forbury Gardens when emergency vehicles and police descended. He said it was “chaos” as police yelled at people to leave the area.
“We didn’t know if it was a kind of situation, as happened in London a few years ago, where the attackers were on the loose,” he said. “Forbury Gardens is a peaceful place, many families go with their children to play, picnic. To achieve happened in Forbury Gardens is really hard to believe.”