Man stabs 3 people at Manchester train station on New Year’s Eve, cops treat it as ‘terrorist incident'

Manchester: The British police investigating the stabbing attack at Manchester’s Victoria Station in the United Kingdom on New Year’s Eve, in which three people were injured, said on Tuesday that the incident was being probed as an act of “terrorism”.  Three people – a couple in their 50s and a police officer who tried to subdue the attacker – were wounded in the incident. 
As per the Washington Post, the incident took place at around 9 pm on New Year’s Eve, when a man wielding a knife attacked the three people at Victoria station in  Manchester. The suspect was tackled by police officers, who reportedly used pepper sprays and tasers to subdue him, and later arrested. 
The train station is located close to Manchester Arena, where a suicide bombing attack had taken place at an Ariana Grande concert in 2017, resulting in the death of 22 people. 

Addressing reporters, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said that two of the victims, the man and the woman, were seriously wounded in the attack, with both having abdominal injuries and the woman had also suffered injuries on her face, news agency AP reported. While the couple remained in the hospital, the police officer injured in the attack had been discharged.  
Hopkins said, “Last night we experienced a horrific attack on people out to simply enjoy the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Manchester. We are treating this as a terrorist investigation which is being led by counter-terrorism officers with support from Greater Manchester Police.” He also lauded the bravery of the four officers who were responsible for stopping the attacker. 

The police officer said that cops had worked through the night to find out the identity of the attacker and a search for an address in the Cheetham Hill neighborhood of the city was underway.
Meanwhile, reports stated that Sam Clack, a BBC producer, was also present at the spot during the attack on Monday night and heard the suspect shout an Arabic phrase during the attack. “I heard the guy shout, as part of a sentence, as part of a sentence, he shouted, ‘Allah.’ And then I thought, that doesn’t sound good,” Clack said, as per the Washington Post report. 

Later, the BBC also aired footage of the suspect screaming “God is greatest” even as the cops led him away from the crime scene. Clack also reportedly claimed that the suspect had a “long kitchen knife”. 
In a tweet, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that her “thoughts are with those who were injured in the suspected terrorist attack in Manchester last night” and also thanked emergency services for their “courageous response.”


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