“It is not dealt with until the terrorism of the incident; however, the officers are keeping an open mind as to the motivation for the incident, “Hunter added. He said detectives from the counterterrorism unit supported the investigation.
British media had previously reported that the police suspected a terrorist motive and that the man arrested was Libyan. Police have not confirmed this or released the name of the suspect.
Premier Boris Johnson said his “thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident in Reading.” ”
The violence erupted, around 7 a.m. local time, as families and friends were enjoying a warm, sunny evening in the Forbury Gardens park at La Lecture, a town of around 200,000 people 64 kilometers away. West London.
“We turned and started running’
Witnesses reported that police cars and helicopters descended on the park. Within minutes the police had blocked several routes, and two air ambulances landed nearby.
Personal trainer-Laurent Moût said the park was full of socializing groups on the grass, when “one person to cross suddenly yelled out some unintelligible words and went around in a large group of about 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 said. “When he realized he couldn’t catch us, he tried to stab another group and sat down. He had a person in the back of the neck and then when he realized that everyone started to run, to run out of the park.
Police said “a number of people were injured and taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, three of these people died and three others were seriously injured. ”
The Royal Berkshire Reading Hospital said it was treating two victims of the incident.
The incident occurred hours after a Black Lives Matter demonstration at Forbury Gardens, but police said there was no connection between the attack and the protest.
Nieema Hassan, one of Saturday’s protest organizers, said the protesters had left by the time the violence took place. In the social media post, she said that she was “praying for those affected. I hope they are OK. “
Great Britain threatens from medium to medium level
Britain’s official threat of terrorism threat is “substantial”, the average level over a five-year scale, which means that the attack is likely.
He had already resisted a higher notch, to “serious” for several years. The country has been hit by a series of violent attacks in the past few years, including a suicide attack at the Ariana Grande concerts in Manchester, in 2017 which killed 22 people and two vehicle murderers and knife attacks in London the same year.
My thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident in Reading and my thanks for the emergency services at the scene.
Worker airline Carlos Garcia Pascual was walking to his home near Forbury Gardens when emergency vehicles and police got out. He said it was “chaos” as the police yelled at people to leave the area.
“We didn’t know if it was a situation like it happened in London a few years ago, when the attackers were loose,” he said. “Forbury Gardens is a peaceful place. Many families with their children to play, picnic. To realize what happened in Forbury Gardens is really hard to believe. “