Britain is in big trouble. A Muslim terrorist stabbed two civilians and a police officer at a train station in Manchester. He shouted “Allahu akbar” and other pro-Islam sentiments upon his arrest but the authorities have arrested him under the “Mental Health Act”. Thankfully they are using the counter-terror unit to investigate, but probably only because witnessed heard him shouting those Islamic sayings. Had he not uttered those sentiments, the British authorities might very well have ignored the need to investigate it as a terror attack and preferred to deal with it as a “mental health” issue.
As can be seen at the end of the above video, the suspect, aged 25, was caught on video shouting “Allahu akbar” – meaning “God is great” in Arabic – as he was ushered into the back of a police van following his arrest. He comes from a Somali family that lives with his family in the Cheetham Hill area of the city. The family prays at the local Khiza Mosque.
Police stopped him, with one officer getting hurt by the terrorist. They found two knives on his body, one of which appeared to be a foot-long kitchen knife.
The terrorist stabbed one woman in the face suffering a “significant injury” to her forehead. He also stabbed a man in the stomach. They are both still hospitalized. The officer was stabbed in the shoulder and already discharged on Tuesday morning.
Treated as a Terror “Investigation”
The good news is that Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said “We are treating this as a terrorist investigation which is being led by counter-terrorism officers with support from Greater Manchester Police.”
Assistant Chief Constable Jackson added that “given how frenzied the attack was” officers were considering the mental health of the arrested suspect. There is wide reporting in the press about what the attacker allegedly said during the incident and because of this we want to be clear, we are treating this as a terrorism investigation”.