A MAN who launched a suspected Terror Attack at Manchester Victoria Station on New Year’s Eve has been detained under the Mental Health Act, say Police.
The 25-year-old suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “Long Live The Caliphate” after he stabbed two partygoers out to celebrate New Year’s Eve and a British Transport Police officer at a Metrolink stop at Victoria station. Police say the location – just yards away from Manchester Arena was a factor in the attack.
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A brave BTP officer, in his 30s, was stabbed in the shoulder and hospitalised before being released early this morning – GMP officers were praised for their swift action, holding the suspect down in Manchester Victoria Station.
The attacker’s hideout in the Cheetham Hill area on the outskirts of Manchester City Centre was raided this morning by Terror Cops as Security Services were said to be assisting Greater Manchester’s Brave Police Officers.
Greater Manchester Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said the incident was a “frenzied attack”.
He added: “We are treating this as a terrorism investigation. This investigation is being led by counter-terrorism officers”.
GMP Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins said: “This was an horrific attack in people simply out to enjoy the New Years Eve celebrations in Manchester.”
“I know the events of last night will have affected many people and caused concern particularly as this happened so close to the scene of the terrorist attack on 22nd May 2017. This makes it an especially dreadful attack for our city.”