Anti-terrorism police were called in after a Muslim man stabbed an employee and shopper at a Marks & Spencer department store. Officers said the stabbing was NOT being treated as a terrorist incident, even though counter-terrorism detectives were leading the investigation due to comments at the scene. “We would kindly ask that you don’t speculate about the motivation behind the incident.” (Like DUH!)
Daily Mail A 57-year-old Muslim man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack in Burnley at around 9.30am and remains in custody, Lancashire Police said. The two women, a Marks & Spencer employee in her 40s and a shopper in her 60s, were rushed to hospital with serious knife injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.
A force spokesperson also praised members of the public who detained the suspect at the scene for their ‘brave actions’. The knife attack came as shoppers flocked back to the High Street after the national coronavirus lockdown was lifted and all shops reopened on ‘Wild Wednesday.’
Footage from the scene captured a man in a face mask and Muslim attire being detained by officers outside the Marks & Spencer store this morning. Witnesses claimed one of the women was stabbed in the neck during the attack, but this has not yet been confirmed.