At least four people injured in a stabbing attack at a shopping mall in Manchester on Friday, according to the counter-terrorism police.
As per the detail, the unfortunate incident happened at Arndale shopping centre in the northwest of England at around 11:15 a.m. local time where a man in his 40s randomly attacked people with a sharp knife.
Three people were stabbed while one suffered a superficial wound when a man ran after him with a large knife.
After the attack, counter-terrorism police rushed to the scene and the mall was evacuated. Police have arrested a suspect from the site of the incident.
BREAKING: Police are investigating a suspected multiple stabbing at Manchester’s Arndale Centrehttps://t.co/byHF4SGtIB
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 11, 2019
Two unarmed police community support officers had attempted to confront the attacker when he turned on them and chased them with the knife, said Greater Manchester police’s assistant chief constable.
Police said that the motivation for the terror attack is still unclear and an investigation is being done to ascertain the cause, adding that, those injured in the attack have survived the life-threatening injuries.
“We do not know the motivation for this terrible attack. It appears random, is certainly brutal and of course extremely frightening for anyone who witnessed it.”
“At this time we do not believe that there is anyone else involved in this attack but we will be constantly keeping this under review. We have specially trained officers supporting those injured from the attack.
Massive emergency service response to multiple stabbing at Manchester’s Arndale Centre. Paramedics have just brought two people out on stretchers. Armed police are everywhere. pic.twitter.com/Gx47mPBfHl
— Rob Smith (@robsmithitv) October 11, 2019
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson while condemning the attack tweeted:
“Shocked by the incident in Manchester and my thoughts are with the injured and all those affected. “Thank you to our excellent emergency services who responded and who are now investigating what happened.”
Shocked by the incident in Manchester and my thoughts are with the injured and all those affected. Thank you to our excellent emergency services who responded and who are now investigating what happened.
— Boris Johnson #StayAlert (@BorisJohnson) October 11, 2019