Police rule out an act of terrorism for now
Two UK police officers were injured Friday after being stabbed by an unidentified man near Leicester Square, located in the center of the country’s capital, London, authorities have confirmed, ruling out an act of terrorism for now.
The Metropolitan Police said the suspect was arrested following the use of a taser by an officer and added that he was subsequently hospitalized. The two injured police officers are also in hospital, with no further details on their condition.
“Investigations into the incident are ongoing. The incident is not being treated as terrorism-related,” it said in a statement on its website, with no possible motives of the attacker, who has not been identified, emerging for the time being.
For his part, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has condemned the “utterly terrible” attack. “These brave officers were doing their duty and supporting the public at this crucial time for our country,” he said, referring to the death last week of Queen Elizabeth II.
“My thoughts and prayers are with them, their loved ones and police colleagues in the wake of this ignominious attack. Our police officers run into danger to protect others and keep us safe, so we owe them a great debt of gratitude,” he has argued.
In this regard, Khan has stressed that “attacks on the Police will not be tolerated and anyone responsible will be apprehended and brought to justice.” “I call on everyone with information to step forward to ensure that the person responsible for this disgusting attack feels the full weight of the law,” he reiterated.