Wednesday, 2 January 2019

3 people injured in Manchester knife attack on New Year’s Eve

3 people injured in Manchester terror attack on New Year’s Eve

Three people were stabbed at Manchester train station on New Year’s Eve in a frenzied attack by a man wielding a 12-inch-long kitchen knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar” and ISIS slogans. 

Greater Manchester police have declared it is being treated as a terrorist incident. Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West are leading the investigation. 

The attack took place at around 8.50pm on a crowded tram platform within Manchester Victoria station as revellers were out celebrating the start of the New Year. 

Within seconds five British Transport police officers armed with tasers and incapacitant sprays were on the scene.

 They overpowered the man and restrained him on the ground.

 He was arrested and taken away.

 A video shows him shouting “Long live the Caliphate” and “Allahu Akbar” as he was put in the back of a police van.

 A woman and a man — a couple in their 50s from the local area — were left seriously injured with their clothes covered in blood.

 They remain in hospital with “very serious injuries that at present are not believed to be life-threatening”, the police said. 

The woman has knife injuries to her face and abdomen and the man has injuries to his abdomen.

 A police sergeant — a man in his 30s — was taken to hospital with a stab wound to his shoulder. 

He was discharged on New Year’s Day. 

A BBC producer, Sam Clack, who was on the platform at the time, said the man was shouting “Allah” and criticising what Western governments were doing in the Middle East as he carried out the frenzied with a black-handled kitchen knife.

 He said the man was heavily resisting arrest. Clack said that he heard the attacker say: “As long as you keep bombing other countries this sort of shit is going to keep happening.” 

“He was very aggressive and very intent on causing more harm than he actually did," he added.

 It is not yet known if the attacker was a British national. 

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody for questioning.

 Two knives were recovered at the scene. 

 The station reopened on Tuesday morning. 

It is just 10 feet from Manchester Arena where on May 22, 2017, a British-born Islamic terrorist of Libyan ancestry detonated a home-made bomb as crowds were leaving a performance by US singer Ariana Grande, killing himself and 22 people and leaving more than 800 injured. 

On New Year’s Day police were searching an address in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester which is where the suspect in Monday’s stabbing had most recently been living. 

Greater Manchester police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: “The officers acted with incredible bravery in tackling the armed attacker at the busy Metrolink station and ensured he was immediately detained. 

He remains in custody here in Manchester.” 

“We are treating this as a terrorist investigation which is being led by counter-terrorism officers.

 We are currently searching an address in the Cheetham Hill area,” he added. Cheetham Hill is a multi-cultural inner city area of Manchester. 

Census 2011 data revealed that 48% of residents did not speak English as their main language. 

Urdu was the most commonly spoken language after English, followed by Arabic.

 In the 2011 census, 28% of its population was white British, 10% was black and 38% Asian. 

It has been described as “Britain's most diverse street”. 

Assistant chief constable Rob Potts of Greater Manchester police said: “There is currently no intelligence to suggest that there is any wider threat at this time.”
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