our London correspondent
It is as if, at the same time as the daily life, the coronavirus had frozen the threats. And the British had almost forgotten the shadow of terrorism. The terror islamist comes to remember tragically in the kingdom, with the attack with a knife has killed three on Saturday night in a park in Reading, west of London.
After you have been reluctant to qualify as well, the police claimed on Sunday to treat the attack as an act of "terrorist". The suspect, 25-year-old, stabbed several people, killing three and injuring three others seriously, before being arrested. According to the press, it would be an asylum seeker in libya, answering to the name of Khairi Saadallah, and living in this city of 200,000 inhabitants located sixty kilometres from the capital. After being told "outraged and sickened", Boris Johnson has held a crisis meeting with security officials in the middle of the day.see also : Birmingham at the time, islamist
By the start of the evening sun, the park of Forbury Gardens there were many walkers or groups of friends taking a glass on the lawns, in these times of confinement where the pubs are closed. Shouting words unintelligible, the attacker broke within a circle of a dozen people and began hitting them, one after the other a knife with a long blade, aiming for the neck and torso. Three of them were stabbed and seriously. Then, the terrorist turned to other targets, before fleeing the park. It is a police officer not armed the stopped, by performing a "tackle rugby" tell the newspapers. Police estimated on Sunday that the man had acted alone, without seeing yet clear on the "motivations" of the killer.
The nature of the attack has sadly reminded the British of other attacks in recent months. In February, a man had injured three people, including one seriously, in a shopping street in south London, before being shot dead by police. The assailant had already been imprisoned for promoting islamist violence and the group islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack through its organ of propaganda Qama. Last November, another attack had killed two people when a man passed him also in jail for reasons terrorists had attacked passers-by on London Bridge, before being killed by police. The level of terrorist alert, however, should remain the same. In November, it had been downgraded from "severe" to "substantial", the third degree on a scale of five.
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