Yet another terrorist attack in Manchester, England. The “knifeman” was arrested, but not yet named, in what appears to have been a ‘terror attack’ after he stabs five random people, including four women, as he runs around ‘lunging’ at shoppers in Manchester’s Arndale Centre – trying to ‘get’ as many people as he could. But, as usual, police won’t dare speculate about a motive.
Daily Mail (h/t Terry D) Police have arrested a suspected terror attacker after five people were stabbed by a man who ran around a Manchester shopping centre ‘lunging at people with a knife’. Shoppers ran for cover and barricaded themselves into stores after the man swung a blade at random victims, knifing four women and a man near a Starbucks cafe at the city’s Arndale Centre.
Two unarmed PCSOs confronted the “knifeman” before he was cornered by officers with tasers. Witnesses said they saw police take away a ’12-inch machete’.
A 41-year-old man from Greater Manchester is now being questioned by anti-terror officers on suspicion of ‘the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism’.
One shopper described the ‘nightmare’ of seeing the knifeman plunging his blade into the back of one victim as he walked past Starbucks. Photos of the crime scene showed the tables were overturned and some where covered in blood.
Shopper Janet Loudon, 21, said: ‘I came out of work and saw a black man shouting racial slurs like ‘n*gger’ and being very hostile towards an Arndale worker, who was also black. (Possible Hint: Black Muslims look down on non-Muslim Blacks)
A witness said: ‘I heard a woman scream. I span around and saw this guy who had a knife in his hand. It looked like he had stabbed her back. There was blood pouring from her and she just fell to the floor. ‘As soon as I saw the knife I just ran as fast as I could and was warning others what happened. Everyone was looking down from the first floor and there was real panic, people screaming.
‘The police were there in minutes and then we were evacuated. It was like a nightmare. Like something out of a horror film. It was awful. I can’t get that image out of my head.’
Four women, one aged 19, another in her 40s and two others whose ages are unknown, were injured along with a man in his 50s. Two are in a stable condition in hospital but none of their injuries are said to be life-threatening.
Pictures from the scene show three conscious victims – two women and a man – being wheeled out of the shopping centre, sitting up on stretchers. The condition of the other two victims is unclear. A photo from inside the centre shows paramedics and police dealing with a victim at a table outside a Starbucks coffee shop inside the mall.
Shopper Freddie Houlder, 22, was in the centre when he heard ‘a load of screams just outside’ the store he was in. He said a woman then came into the shop and told others ‘a guy just ran past the shop and tried to stab me’.
Mr Houlder added: ‘Luckily she had quite a thick jacket – she thought originally it was a fake knife because of how easily it grazed off but police came in and said it was a real knife and she burst into tears. She was so lucky she was wearing a thick jacket… he was running around going for as many people as possible.’
He added: ‘I definitely don’t think it was gang violence because this guy was going around trying to stab random people, I believe,’ he added.
Twenty-two people were killed in May 2017 when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb in the Manchester Arena following an Ariane Grande concert – the youngest victim was just eight years old.
Last New Year’s Eve, three people including a police officer were seriously injured after a 25-year-old Muslim man launched a knife attack on passers-by. The suspect was heard to shout ‘Allah’ and ‘Long live the Caliphate’ during the incident – he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and his since been detained under the Mental Health Act.