UK security concerns mount after Reading attack

UK security concerns mount after Reading attack


Revealed: June 23, 2020 2:42:03 pm

Witnesses to the assault described seeing the knife-wielding man strolling by the park shortly after 7 p.m. native time and stabbing his victims at random. (alliance/empics/S. Parsons)

British Inside Minister Priti Patel on Monday warned that the menace from lone attackers was on the rise within the UK.

Her feedback got here two days after a person stabbed three individuals to dying at a park within the southern English metropolis of Studying. Authorities labeled the incident as a terror assault.

“The terrorist menace that we face is advanced, numerous, and quickly altering. It’s clear that the menace posed by lone actors is rising,” Patel informed lawmakers in parliament.

On an earlier go to to Studying, Patel known as the assault a “tragic, tragic occasion.”

“We have to guarantee that we study the teachings from what has occurred over the weekend to stop something like this from occurring once more,” she stated.

Learn| UK police: Park stabbings that killed three was a terror assault

Witnesses to the assault described seeing the knife-wielding man strolling by the park shortly after 7 p.m. native time and stabbing his victims at random. A police officer known as to the scene managed to sort out the suspect to the bottom.

Two of the victims who died within the stabbing have been recognized on Monday. One was a history trainer from the realm and the opposite a US nationwide from Philadelphia who had lived within the UK for 15 years.

US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson confirmed the dying of the US citizen and provided condolences to everybody affected.

“To our nice sorrow, this contains an American citizen,” he wrote on Twitter.

Potential psychological well being points

The suspect was recognized by authorities as a 25-year-old Lybian asylum-seeker, who briefly got here to the eye of the home intelligence company MI5 final yr, native media reported.

He was finally deemed to not symbolize a considerable threat, however was “below surveillance.” Well-liked every day newspaper The Solar reported that the person was just lately launched from jail and had prior convictions that included attacking a police officer.

Quoting family members and former neighbors, newspaper The Telegraph wrote that the 25-year-old allegedly had a psychological sickness and was on medicine.

Inside Minister Patel stated she couldn’t present further particulars due to the continuing police investigation, however stated British safety companies labored “intensively” to evaluate particular person dangers.

“They act accordingly when it comes to what sort of protecting measures are put in place round these people, and how much protections are wanted,” she added.

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