Three people have been stabbed to death and three other seriously injured by a man who went on a stabbing spree in a park in the southern English town of Reading on Saturday, June 19.
The fatal stabbing spree occurred in orbury Gardens in the city centre at around 7pm and Counter-terrorism police in the UK along with other authorities are investigating.
The incident which took place hours a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest was at the park although, Police are yet to confirm whether or not it was connected to the protest.
A 25-year-old who was found wielding a knife-wielding was arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder after running away.
Witnesses claim the attacker targeted a group of middle-aged men ‘sitting drinking beer’ in Forbury Gardens in Reading town centre at around 7pm on Saturday and stabbed them ‘in the neck and under the arms’.
‘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. When he realised that he couldn’t catch us, he tried to stab another group sitting down. He got one person in the back of the neck and then, when he realised everyone was starting to run, he ran out of the park.” Personal trainer Lawrence Wort who was an eye witness said.
A distressing video shared on social media showed four wounded people lying on grass as officers and Paramedics forensic suits gave them CPR at the scene.
After the incident, about 20 armed officers from the counter-terrorism police raided a block of flats in Reading after the stabbing attack ‘by the Libyan man’
Sky News’ home affairs correspondent Mark White said:
“A block of flats, about two miles from the park where the stabbings took place, was raided by counter-terrorism specialist firearm officers. “There was the sound of an explosion inside the building after all residents were taken to safety. “The building is believed to be the home address of the 25-year-old man, understood to be a Libyan national resident in the UK, who was arrested and is now in custody.”
The police are now trying to establish whether the man is an extremist and whether it was a terror attack or not.