LONDON, June21: A mentally sick assailant stab to death three people in southern English city of Reading and injured three others, British Thames valley police said. Officials said two people were being treated in the emergency department of Reading’s Berkshire Hospital.
The Thames Valley police said that the incident took place in a park filled with families and friends in the city of reading. the police had detained a 25-year-old suspect from the historic town 60 kilometers west of London.“Counter Terrorism Policing can now confirm that the stabbing incident that happened in Reading last night, has now been declared a terrorist incident,” police said in a statement.
According to media reports, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was briefed about the incident by security officials and senior ministers on Sunday morning.
One witness described a lone assailant walking through a park filled with people relaxing on the grass and stabbing them at random.
“The park was pretty full. A lot of people sat around drinking with friends,” Lawrence Wort told.
“One lone person walked though, suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them.”
Wort said he saw three people being stabbed “in the neck and under the arms.”
Witnesses reported seeing two air ambulances and several police cars rush to the park on Saturday evening. The assailant then lunged at another group and “got one person in the back of the neck,” Wort said.
Another witness told The Sunday Mirror that one group of people who were attacked were “just in a circle chatting.”
The assailant “was tapping them on the head. Then I thought someone had been sick. But it was blood spraying out,’ said the witness.
Paramedic teams were seen trying to resuscitate the injured as they lay unresponsive on the ground.
The Conservative leader condemned the “appalling incident” and top politicians expressed sympathies for those hurt at Forbury Gardens a popular park situated next to the ruins of the 12th century Reading Abbey.