A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism after stabbing a number of people in what police have described as a “random” and “brutal” attack at a shopping centre in Manchester.
Emergency crews were called to reports of a stabbing at the Arndale shopping centre around 11.15am local time on Friday, October 11.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed four people were injured in the attack, with three taken to hospital.
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“He was armed with a large knife and as he entered Exchange Court, he began lunging and attacking people with the weapon,” Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said.
“Two unarmed Police Community Support Officers were in Exchange Court and attempted to confront the attacker.
“He then chased them with the knife as the officers were calling for urgent assistance.
“The man attacked people around him and we understand four people were injured by him. Although the injuries are nasty, we are told that thankfully none are life threatening.”
Among those hospitalised with stab wounds is a 19-year-old woman, another woman whose age is not known, and a man in his 50s.
A 41-year-old man was arrested at the scene. Police say he has since been assessed by specialist doctors and compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act.
“He was initially arrested on suspicion of serious assault. He was taken into police custody and has now been arrested on suspicion of commissioning, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism,” Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said.
“We do not yet know the motivation for this terrible attack, it appears random, is certainly brutal and of course extremely frightening for anyone who witnessed it.”
Police say they will now be working to understand why the man committed the attack.
“This is a truly shocking incident, injuring a number of people and deeply frightening hundreds more,” Constable Jackson said.