Stabbing attack in English town not treated as terrorism, police say

Three people died and three were injured after a stabbing spree by a lone attacker in a park in the English town of Reading on Saturday, local police said, adding that they were not treating the incident as terrorism.  Police said they arrested a 25-year-old local man on suspicion of murder and were not seeking other suspects.

"This is not currently being treated as a terrorism incident, however officers are keeping an open mind as to the motivation for the incident," said Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter, the force's head of crime, cited by dpa. He rejected speculation that the attack was linked to a Black Lives Matter protest in the park earlier Saturday. "I can confirm that this incident is not connected. It occurred around three hours after the protest had concluded," Hunter said.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was "deeply concerned to hear reports of an incident in Reading." PM Boris Johnson tweeted a similar message, saying: "My thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading and my thanks to the emergency services on the scene."

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