Several people were stabbed Saturday evening in a park in Reading, west of London, and transported to the hospital, according to police, who said that it had arrested a man on the premises.
The police and the rescue services have intervened on the spot after being called in the early evening for an incident in which several people had been stabbed to Forbury Gardens to 19 h local (14 h in Quebec), in this city of 200 000 inhabitants, about 60 kilometres from the centre of the capital.
Several british media evoke three dead, information not confirmed by the police.
According to the agency AP and the channel Sky News, citing security sources anonymous, a terrorist act is suspected, without that this track has been mentioned officially.
“A number of people were injured and were taken to the hospital,” said local police in a press release.
A security perimeter has been set up on the premises, the police calling on the public to ” avoid the area “.
Prime minister Boris Johnson has sent his “thoughts to all those who have been affected by the terrible events of Reading” in a tweet thanking the emergency services.
The Interior minister Priti Patel said it was ” deeply concerned “, also on Twitter.
Witnesses quoted by the agency AP reported that a man had attacked several groups gathered in the park in the evening sun.
“The park was full, a lot of people were sitting for a drink with friends when someone came in, suddenly shouted words, unintelligible and went towards a group of a dozen people, trying to attack them with a knife “, told the british agency PA Lawrence Wort, a witness to the scene.
“He stabbed three of them, severely in the neck and under the arms, and then he turned around and started running towards me, it turned and started to run “, explained the coach of 20 years.
“When he realized that he could not catch up with us, he was able to reach a person at the back of the neck, and when he saw that everyone began to run, it is party in the park “, he told.
“Nothing to do” with the BLM
The police called on internet users not to share images of the scene that circulated on social networks, but rather to communicate to the investigators.
The incident occurred in the vicinity of the place where earlier in the day had held a demonstration of the anti-racism movement ” Black lives matter “, but the organizers as well as the police believed that there was no link.
None of the people who took part in the event has not been affected, said an organizer, Nieema Hassan in a video on the social networks. “We were gone when it happened “.
The United Kingdom has experienced two attacks called terrorists in recent months.
At the end of November, a jihadist on parole killed two people in the heart of London. The assailant, who was wearing an explosive vest fake, was shot dead by the police on the bridge from London Bridge. Usman Khan, 28 years old, was a former inmate for acts of terrorism freed in mid-sentence. He had been sentenced to 16 years in prison for a project inspired by Al-Qaeda to create a period of training in Pakistan and the bombing of the London stock Exchange.
The conservative government of Boris Johnson has since announced a draft law to aggravate sentences for the perpetrators of terrorist acts, prohibiting their early release. In the midst of the election campaign, he had been accused of political exploitation.
On 2 February, three people were injured with a knife during an attack ” of such a nature that the islamist “, according to the police in a shopping street in south London. The assailant, already convicted of terrorist crimes, had been killed by the police.