Britain’s anti-terrorism police are investigating an attack, suspected of being driven by far-right beliefs, in which a 19-year-old man was stabbed.
The victim of the attack is suffering from non-fatal injuries after being attacked by a man armed with a baseball bat and knife, shouting racially, in the town of Stanwell in a southeastern province of England.
The attacker, aged 50, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and racially aggravated public order.
British Interior Minister Sajid Javed called on British society to “speak out against terrorists and extremists who seek to divide us.”
“Now is the time for us all to challenge the hatred, the violence and the ignorance that surround us, and to defend the kind of state we represent, and which we desire.”
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“We are with you”
“A welcoming and tolerant country, so proud of it, draws its strength from this diversity,” he said.
“I say to any group or group that feels threatened, or threatened, I tell them we are with you.”
“You benefit our country, you are part of our country and part of us.”
The incident occurred Saturday night. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and his degree of injury was not yet confirmed.
British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her support for the injured young man, his family and friends and thanked the emergency services for their quick response to the incident.
“The hateful Yemeni extremism has no place in our society,” she said.
“The hallmarks of terrorism”
“While the investigation is still in its early stages, the incident bears the hallmarks of terrorism and is inspired by the ideas of the extreme right and is therefore declared as a terrorist incident,” Deputy Police Commissioner Neil Basu said.
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Police were seen entering buildings on the street, where the incident took place
The attacker was seen waving weapons and shouting racially on the road. When police arrived, many cars were found damaged.
Nimr Salem, who lives in the area, says he heard a man screaming through the window with racist words.
Salem, who came to London six years ago, said he moved to the region about two weeks ago.
“He started to say crazy things about Muslims, then shut the window and went inside,” the 24-year-old said.
“I’m a Muslim, so I felt a little worried.”
“The window was open, but the curtains were lopsided, I was worried, so I walked quickly,” Salem said.
Vincent Sutherland, who lives in the area, said he heard a screaming sound at around 2 am on Saturday.
“I heard him shout” kill a Muslim “and” rule of white sex, “then went inside, and heard a loud noise and clatter.
“He’s polite, he always told me hello.”
The investigation is led by the South East Anti-Terrorism Police, in cooperation with the Sri Lankan police.
Local police forces were deployed to reassure and provide security advice to communities living in the area, places of worship and businesses.
The Sri Lankan police urged everyone, who had information related to the incident, to contact her immediately.