The English city of Reading mourned Monday for 3 folks stabbed to dying in what’s being handled as a “terror assault,” gathering for a second of silence as police questioned the suspected lone attacker.
More than 100 college students lit candles and laid flowers in reminiscence of historical past trainer James Furlong, who was named as one of the victims. A flag in the courtyard of the Holt School, the place he taught in close by Wokingham, had been lowered to half-staff.
“He was so passionate and passionate about historical past and about studying, and something that was boring, something you didn’t discover fascinating, he would make it fascinating,″ former pupil Molly Collins advised the BBC. “He would spend time with you, he bought to know folks individually, and he simply at all times went the additional mile for everybody.”
Furlong’s good friend, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, was named by his household in Philadelphia because the second sufferer. The id of the third sufferer has not been launched.
The stabbing rampage befell Saturday night as teams of folks relaxed in Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a city of 200,000 folks 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London. A 25-year-old man who’s believed to be the lone attacker is in custody, however officers mentioned the motive for the carnage was unclear.
Chief Constable John Campbell of Thames Valley Police mentioned officers have been known as to studies of stabbings simply earlier than 7 p.m. and arrived to discover a “horrific” scene. Unarmed officers detained a 25-year-old native man.
Police haven’t recognized the suspect, however Britain’s nationwide information company, Press Association, and different media shops named him as Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan asylum-seeker dwelling in Reading.
The BBC reported that Saadallah was investigated by British safety providers final yr over issues he deliberate to journey overseas to hitch a terrorist group, however that he was not decided to be a serious menace.
The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted the daddy of Ritchie-Bennett as saying his son had moved to England from the U.S. round 15 years in the past. Robert Ritchie mentioned his son labored for a legislation agency in London earlier than taking a job about 10 years in the past at a Dutch pharmaceutical firm that had its British headquarters in Reading.
Turkey on Sunday condemned the stabbing rampage. “This heinous assault as soon as once more demonstrated the brutal and cruel nature of terrorism that targets the lives of harmless folks. We convey our deepest condolences to the British folks with whom we’re in solidarity on this tough day,” mentioned a press release launched by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu spoke to his British counterpart Dominic Raab over the telephone, in response to diplomatic sources who requested to not be named resulting from restrictions on chatting with the media.
During the dialog, Çavuşoğlu expressed sorrow over the stabbing incident and mentioned that he shared the ache of the households of the deceased and the injured. Raab thanked Çavuşoğlu for his good needs.