Three people dead after Reading stabbings in England

Three people dead after Forbury Gardens attack
Three people ded after stabbing attack in Reading. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: UK Police have confirmed that three people have died and three more have been seriously injured after stabbings in a park in English town of Reading.

A 25-year-old man from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of murder after being detained at the scene.

The attack happened at Forbury Gardens at about 19:00 BST where several people were stabbed.

Police are not currently treating the incident as terror-related, but counter terrorism officers were called.

BBC reported that a man arrested at the scene is thought to be Libyan. One eyewitness told how he saw a man move between groups of people in the park trying to stab them and how the man ran towards him.

According to the Sunday Mirror, there were reports a police officer had “rugby tackled” the suspect to the ground.

Ian Hunter, Detective Chief Superintendent from Thames Valley Police, said they are not looking for any other people in connection with the attack.

He said: “There is no intelligence to suggest that there is any further danger to the public, however we urge people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious by calling police”

Officers near Forbury Gardens in Reading. Source: Reuters

“This is not currently being treated as a terrorism incident, however officers are keeping an open mind as to the motivation for the incident and are being supported by colleagues from Counter Terrorism Policing South East,” he added.

Police have asked anyone with mobile phone footage of the incident to come forward and report to them. People have been urged not to share photos and videos online “out of respect for the victims’ families” after footage went viral on social media.

Thames Valley Police said the attack was not connected to an earlier Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in the park.

About a dozen armed police officers carrying shields were later seen entering a block of flats in Basingstoke Road in Reading at around 23:00 BST.

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