June 21, 2020 / 11:39 AM / 2 months ago

British police say Reading stabbing attack treated as terrorist act

A view shows flowers next to the police cordon at the scene of multiple stabbings in Reading, Britain, June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British police on Sunday said that a stabbing attack in a southern English town that left three people dead and another three injured was being treated as a terrorist attack but that there was no intelligence on any further attacks.

“This was an atrocity,” Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer, Neil Basu, said, adding that unarmed police officers had tackled the attacker.

Basu said that counter-terrorism police are now leading the investigation and that the attack is not linked to the Black Lives Matter protest in the same park in Reading a few hours before Saturday’s attack.

Reporting by Michael Holden and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by David Goodman

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