Thames Valley Police said yesterday, a stabbing attack in a park in Reading, U.K., which left three people dead and three others seriously injured is being treated as a “terror incident”,
The incident took place at Forbury Gardens at around 7 p.m. Police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder who remains in police custody. Reading is around 65 kilometers west of London.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted soon after the attack, “My thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading and my thanks to the emergency services on the scene,”
U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel called the incident “senseless.”
“My heart, prayers and thoughts are with all those affected and to the people of Reading who will be deeply shocked and concerned by this terrible incident,” she added.
Thames Valley Police said they are not looking for any other suspects, and that there is nothing to suggest there is further danger to the public. Police also ruled out reports that the attack was related to a Black Lives Matter protest in Reading on Saturday afternoon.
“Incidents of this nature are very rare, though I know that will be of little comfort to those involved and understand the concern that this incident will have caused amongst our local community,” Chief Constable John Campbell of Thames Valley Police said.
Laurence Wort, an eyewitness who said he was 10 meters away when the attack started, told the BBC the lone attacker walked through a group of people and “suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went round a large group trying to stab them.”
“He stabbed three of them and then turned and started running towards me, when we turned and started running,” Wort said.
Police are asking any eyewitnesses with video footage of the incident to share it with them and not circulate it on social media.