Reading stabbings: Libyan refugee Khairi Saadallah named as suspect in UK terror attack

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LONDON Published: Jun 21, 2020, 09.57 PM(IST)

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Khairi Saadallah is a 25-year-old Libyan refugee who was granted asylum in the UK, British media reported.

The man suspected of stabbing three people to death in a Reading park is believed to be Khairi Saadallah.

He is a 25-year-old Libyan refugee who was granted asylum in the UK, British media reported. He was detained by police in Forbury Gardens.

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British police said Sunday they were treating a stabbing spree in which alone assailant killed three people in a park in the southern English city of Reading as a "terrorism incident".

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"Counter Terrorism Policing can now confirm that the stabbing incident that happened in Reading last night (20/6), has now been declared a terrorist incident," Thames Valley Police said in a statement.

Earlier, the assailant was suspected to be a part of Black Lives Matter campaign. But according to the organisers,  the peaceful protest ended nearly two hours before the incident at 7 pm. Crowds who attended had dispersed without any trouble. 

Thames Valley Police said: “There is no indication that this incident is linked to the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Reading today.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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