Published on : Tuesday, January 1, 2019
A man stabbed three people, including a police officer, during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Manchester, England. British counter-terrorism police has started an investigation. The attack took place at the Manchester Victoria railway station on Monday night as per the Greater Manchester Police (GMP). A male police officer stabbed in his shoulder, another man and a woman were taken to hospital with serious knife injuries.
GMP Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts assured that a person is detained in custody and people need not be worried as there is no greater threat at this time. Counter Terrorism Policing North West are leading on the investigation. Full circumstances are not yet known. Police were initially called to the station to reports of a man with a knife at around 8.50 p.m.
BBC producer Sam Clack was on the platform when the attack took place and he said it looked more like a ‘fight going on … sort of scuffle.’ He heard the man distinctly shout ‘Allah’.
Police reached the place instantly and used pepper spray and a Taser to get the man to the ground. The suspect was very much resisting arrest.
The two casualties, both in their 50s, suffered injuries to their abdomens and the woman suffered additional injures to her face, police said, though their wounds are not considered to be life-threatening.
According to Manchester City Council, New Year’s Eve fireworks at Albert Square went on as planned despite the incident.