A knifeman allegedly shouted ‘Allah’ as he stabs three people in Manchester Victoria Station,
Witnesses have claimed British Transport Police said that one of their officers had been stabbed in the shoulder and a man and woman had been taken to hospital with knife injuries.
Counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation into the attack, but police have said ‘there is currently no intelligence to suggest that there is any wider threat at this time.Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said the investigation was being led by counter terrorism police and officers were keeping an ‘open mind’.
‘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 that there is any wider threat at this time.’
Officers reportedly used a taser and pepper spray to bring down the male suspect, who has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
BBC producer Sam Clack, who witnessed the attack, said:
‘The guy, his exact words were, he said, “As long as you keep bombing other countries, this sort of shit is going to keep happening”.’
Pictures at the scene showed the two victims being tended to in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
BTP said the woman had injuries to her face and abdomen and the man had injuries to his abdomen, and both their injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening.
Mr Clack, 38, said:
‘I just heard this most blood curdling scream and looked down the platform. ‘What it looked like was a guy with a woman of similar age and another guy all dressed in black.
‘It looked like they were having a fight but she was screaming in this blood curdling way.
‘I saw police in high-viz come towards him. He came towards me. I looked down and saw he had a kitchen knife with a black handle with a good, 12 inch blade.
‘It was just fear, pure fear.’
Mr Clack, who was travelling home, said police officers used a Taser and pepper spray before, ‘six or seven’ officers jumped on the man.
He added the attacker seemed to be in his thirties and was very ‘aggressive’, ‘skittish’, and seemed ‘intent on causing harm, more harm than he actually did.’