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Manchester stabbings a terror attack: UK police

The incident occurred at Manchester Victoria Station, in a city already affected by terror. Photo: Getty
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British police say a knife attack at a Manchester train station that injured three people, including a police officer, on New Year’s Eve is being treated as a terror incident.

A witness, a BBC producer who was at the Victoria station, said a man was armed with a large knife who linked his actions to “bombings in other countries”.

The suspect was arrested “within minutes”, police said, and was being questioned in custody.

Those injured, a woman and a man in their 50s, were in a serious but not life-threatening condition, police said.

A male police officer in his 30s who sustained a stab wound to his shoulder was released from hospital early on Tuesday morning.

Police said they would step up their presence in the city where a suicide bomb attack in May 2017 killed 22 people as they left an Ariana Grande concert.

“Tonight’s events will have understandably worried people but I need to stress that the incident is not ongoing, a man is in custody and there is currently no intelligence to suggest there is any wider threat at this time,” Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said in a statement.

Britain is on its second-highest threat level of severe, meaning an attack is considered highly likely.

Security officials say they are facing record levels of work in countering Islamist militants as well as far-right extremists after four major attacks last year.

Sam Clack, the BBC producer, told BBC 5 Live radio: “I heard the man say, ‘As long as you keep bombing these countries this is going to keep happening.’

“It was very, very scary.”