Today, police authorities confirmed that a stabbing incident that occurred in Manchester during New Year’s Eve is being treated as a terrorist attack.
The attack injured three people including a police officer. The police said that the investigation is being led by counter-terror experts. They added that they were “keeping an open mind.”
In an interview with some reporters, Ian Hopkins, the chief constable, stated: “We are treating this as a terrorist investigation.”
The man has been held on suspicion of attempted murder.
The attack happened at the Manchester Victoria train station in the evening yesterday.
The police said that the suspect was arrested “within minutes.” Video footage was able to film the man while he was shouting “Allahu Akbar” while being dragged into a police van.
The injured people included a man and a woman who was in their 50s and a police officer in his 30s who was stabbed in the shoulder. The police said that the civilians are in a serious, but non-threatening condition. They said that early this morning, the police officer was already released from the hospital.
Rob Potts, the assistant chief constable, stated: “Tonight’s events will have understandably worried people but I need to stress that the incident is not ongoing, a man is in custody and there is currently no intelligence to suggest there is any wider threat at this time.”
A BBC producer who witnessed the attack, Sam Clack, said during a BBC 5 Live forecast: “I heard the man say, ‘As long as you keep bombing these countries this is going to keep happening.’”
He said that he was saying a slogan that was criticising Western governments.
He said that he saw a man stabbed on a tram platform at the station, which is next to Manchester Arena, “feet from me.”
He added: “It was very, very scary.”