Stabbing in Reading, declared terrorist incident, UK counter-terrorism police.
The deadly stabbing spree in the English town of Reading is now being investigated as a terrorist incident, police said. The attack left three dead and three wounded, while the suspect is currently in custody.
Police initially did not treat the attack as terrorism-related. However, later on Sunday, the investigation was officially taken over by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East.
The suspect Ahmed Hannachi is known to UK security services.
Unconfirmed, but regarding the #Readingstabbing attack it appears the attack was stopped when a lone police sergeant, who responded when the alarm was raised, ran to the scene, saw the attacker running away with a knife and rugby tackled him to the ground. Absolutely outstanding.
Three people have died and three more have been seriously injured after stabbings in a park in Reading, police confirmed.
A 25-year-old man from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of murder after being detained at the scene.
The attack happened at Forbury Gardens at about 19:00 BST where several people were stabbed.
Police are not currently treating the incident as terror-related, but counter terrorism officers were called.
Security sources have told the BBC a man arrested at the scene is thought to be Libyan
Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter, from Thames Valley Police, said they are not looking for any other people in connection with the attack.
He added: “This is not currently being treated as a terrorism incident, however officers are keeping an open mind as to the motivation for the incident and are being supported by colleagues from Counter Terrorism Policing South East.”