- The victims of the attack included a 42-year-old police officer and five other people, aged between 17 and 53, all seriously injured.
- Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the attack is not being treated as an act of terrorism.
- Cases of knife attacks have been frequent in the UK in recent years.
Six people, including a police officer and two minors, were seriously injured by a man who attacked them with a knife in a hotel in central Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. The criminal was later killed by police fire. The hotel where the incident occurred apparently houses asylum seekers and refugees.
The victims of the attack included a 42-year-old police officer and five other people, aged between 17 and 53, all seriously injured. The hotel, hit by the aggression, currently houses about 80 asylum seekers who are on quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Scottish Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Johnson said the situation had been put under control. Later in the day, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the attack is not being treated as an act of terrorism. The images captured during the incident, and circulated on social media, show the police entering the building and a large number of emergency vehicles outside.
Sturgeon said she was baffled by the news, which she called “truly terrible,” and specified that investigations are underway. “I am deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Glasgow, my thoughts are with all the victims and their families,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet. “Thank you to our brave emergency services who are responding,” he added.
On June 20, in the city of Reading, about 60 km east of London, at least three people were killed by another man armed with a knife. The attacker was a 25 year-old of Libyan origin, who was known to the authorities for crimes relatively minor and not related to acts of terrorism.
The events took place in Forbury Gardens at 19:00 local time. On June 21, the British police anti-terrorism section classified the attack as an act of terrorism, and sources that remained anonymous revealed the details of the alleged attacker, Khairi Saadallah.
Cases of knife attacks have been frequent in the UK in recent years, to the point that a new terrorism law was launched on May 20, focused on tightening convictions and monitoring suspected terrorists.
This decision came after a 28-year-old citizen, Usman Khan, killed two people with a knife on 29 November, and others were injured in the capital near London Bridge. The last episode similar to today’s dates back, however, to 20 February , when a 69-year-old man was stabbed in a mosque in the capital of the United Kingdom.
According to the 2019 Global Terrorism Index of the Institute for Economics and Peace, the United Kingdom is in 28th place in the world for the impact level of terrorism and is first in the European Union, of which it is no longer part.
This positioning is mainly due to attacks that hit the country in 2017. In particular, the one in London Bridge on June 3, which caused the death of 11 people, and the one in Manchester on May 22, which caused 22 victims. Both episodes were claimed by the terrorist group, the Islamic State.