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Reading ‘terror attack’ – Armed cops raid block of flats after suspected terrorist stabbing attack

ARMED cops have raided a block of flats in the wake of a suspected terrorist stabbing attack in Reading last night.

Several armed police and counter-terrorism officers were seen arriving at the residence off Basingstoke Road on Saturday night.

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An armed officer stands guard at the block of flats off Basingstoke Rd in Reading[/caption]

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Several armed police officers were seen arriving at the residence off Basingstoke Road on Saturday night [/caption]

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Thames Valley Police did not confirm if the police presence was linked to the attack[/caption]

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Officers remained at the scene late into Saturday night and cordoned off large parts of the town[/caption]

However, Thames Valley Police did not confirm if the police presence was linked to the attack.

Counter-terrorism police joined the investigation, while The Guardian reports that security service MI5 are also assisting the investigation.

Armed police carrying shields were seen entering the block of flats late on Saturday night as families living in the building were evacuated.

Officers remained at the scene late into the night and cordoned off large parts of the town.

Cops and forensics experts were also seen searching the park.

‘RANDOM’ ATTACK

Three people are feared to have been killed in a seemingly random attack in Reading on Saturday evening.

Around 7pm, multiple victims were stabbed in Forbury Gardens in Reading’s town centre.

A distressing video on social media showed four people on the ground as witnesses and officers rushed to their aid.

Officers were seen giving CPR to the victims who were covered in blood.

One person can be heard shouting: “He’s still breathing”, while another, presumably a medic, is asking for a defibrillator.

One person claimed the knifeman chased him and his friends after they witnessed the stabbings.

Another eyewitness, who said he was around 10 metres from the scene, said the attack looked “completely random”.

Lawrence Wort, 20, a personal trainer from Chippenham, said: “So the park was pretty full, a lot of people sat around drinking with friends when one lone person walked through, suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them.

“He stabbed three of them, severely in the neck, and under the arms, and then turned and started running towards me, and we turned and started running.

“When he realised that he couldn’t catch us, he tried to stab another group sat down, he got one person in the back of the neck and then when he realised everyone was starting to run, he ran out the park.”

A source said there had been three fatalities, but this has not been confirmed by police or emergency services.

The multiple stabbing is suspected to be terror-related, a security source has told the PA news agency.

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One armed officer watches and waits at the entrance to the block of flats[/caption]

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Counter-terrorism police joined the investigation which is suspected to be terror-related, a security source has said[/caption]

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Officers arrested the male suspect and he is currently in custody[/caption]

ARREST

A man was later arrested at the scene.

Reports claim the suspect is thought to be of Libyan descent.

The motive for the attack has not yet been confirmed.

It is not clear whether the suspect acted alone or with someone else.

The man is currently in custody.

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

  • A number of people were stabbed by a man in Forbury Gardens in Reading’s town centre around 7pm on Saturday night.
  • At least two people are being treated for knife wounds in hospital.
  • Thames Valley Police said a man was arrested at the scene and taken into police custody.
  • The attack is suspected to be terror-related, a security source has told the PA news agency.
  • The source added the man who was arrested is Libyan.
  • Lawrence Wort, 20, who said he was around 10 metres from the attack, said the attacker “shouted unintelligible words” before attacking multiple groups of people, adding: “when he realised everyone was starting to run, he ran out the park.”
  • South Central Ambulance Service said five ambulance crews as well as two air ambulance services were among the resources sent to treat the casualties.
  • TVP added there was no indication that the incident was linked to a Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Reading earlier in the day.


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Police responded to reports of multiple people being stabbed in a park[/caption]

Distressing video on social media showed four people on the ground
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Witnesses on the scene ran to the aid of the victims[/caption]

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At least two people are being treated for knife wounds in hospital[/caption]

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