The Attack In Reading Park Is Being Treated As A Terrorist Attack
The incident with the use of a cold weapon, which occurred on Saturday in Forbury gardens in the center of the English city of Reading (Berkshire), is considered by the police as a terrorist act. This was reported by Sky News channel, citing an unnamed source in law enforcement agencies. Earlier, the Daily Telegraph reported, citing its source, that three people were killed, and two are in extremely serious condition as a result of the attack. There is no official confirmation of this information yet.
One person was arrested. According to the PA News Agency, the detainee is a citizen of Libya. There is no additional information about the identity of the detainee at the moment.
About the attack
One of the witnesses to the incident told the PA news Agency that an unknown man attacked a group of people who were vacationing on Saturday evening. "The Park was quite crowded, a lot of people were sitting around and drinking with friends, when one person approached a group of about ten people and, shouting something unintelligible, began to attack them with a knife. He wounded three of them, very seriously, in the neck, then he attacked another group of people nearby, wounding a man in the back of the neck. After that, he ran away from the Park," 20-year-old fitness trainer Lawrence worth told the Agency.
Prime Minister's reaction
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the incident monstrous. "My thoughts are with those who were injured in this horrific incident in reading. I thank the emergency services that are working on the ground, " Johnson wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, images of injured people in the Park and police officers assisting them appeared on social media. However, Thames Valley police, whose area of responsibility includes the County of Berkshire, asked not to distribute these videos, but instead to inform law enforcement agencies of all possible details about the incident that occurred at around 19:00 (21:00 GMT).
On Saturday, in reading, located 80 km West of London, as in many other British cities, there were demonstrations of the black lives matter movement ("Black Lives Matter"). Initially, reports in the British media did not exclude that the targets of the attacker could be just activists who opposed racial inequality. However, the coordinator of the protest in reading, Niima Hasan, said that it was peaceful, and there were no injuries among its participants. "We are all safe; none of us were injured. We were all separated by the time it happened," she wrote on Facebook.
About terrorist attacks in the UK
The latest terrorist attacks in the UK were committed in London on February 3 this year and November 29, 2019. At the moment, the level of the terrorist threat is considered "serious." That means that the risk of terrorist attacks in the country remains. Before that, the country had experienced five terrorist attacks in 2017, four of them in London and one in Manchester. In total, 36 people were victims of terrorist actions at that time.