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Man arrested as UK authorities investigate Reading park stabbing as terrorism

Reading, England: A stabbing rampage that killed three people and wounded three others in the southern English town of Reading was an act of terrorism, police said on Sunday, calling the attack in a sunny park an atrocity.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the stabbings on Saturday evening in Reading, which is about 65 kilometres west of London.

Police guard an entrance to Forbury Gardens, where a lone attacker targeted groups of people socialising.

Police guard an entrance to Forbury Gardens, where a lone attacker targeted groups of people socialising.Credit:Getty Images

A Western security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the man, who remains in police custody, is a Libyan called Khairi Saadallah.

Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer, Neil Basu, said a man had run into Forbury Gardens and attacked people with a knife before being detained by unarmed officers. He said it had been declared terrorism after detectives worked through the night on the case.

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