A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, Greater Manchester Police have said, after three people were stabbed at a Manchester shopping centre on Friday.
Police were called to the Arndale Centre at 11.15am on Friday to reports of a stabbing. The 41-year-old suspect was detained and three people were taken to hospital with stab injuries and two others were hurt.
Witnesses described a scene of terror as shoppers, some with injuries, sought refuge in stores.
Officers from Counter Terrorism Police North West were called in to investigate, and at about 3.15pm, Greater Manchester Police assistant chief constable Russ Jackson said the suspect had been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.
He added that investigators did not believe anyone else to be involved in the attack.
The suspect was first arrested on suspicion of a serious assault, the force said.
Mr Jackson said the suspect had been armed with a large knife as he entered the Exchange Court of the shopping centre where he “lunged” at shoppers.
He said the first to intervene were two unarmed police community support officers who had been nearby, and who tried to confront the attacker, who then chased them with a knife as they called for assistance.
He added: “Other officers both armed and unarmed quickly responded and within five minutes he was challenged and detained by armed officers on Market Street outside the Arndale Centre.
“We do not know the motivation for this terrible attack. It appears random, is certainly brutal and of course extremely frightening for anyone who witnessed it.”
Mr Jackson said the incident was “bound to bring back memories of the awful events of 2017” – when 22 people were killed in the Manchester Arena bombing.
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