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UNITED KINGDOM – Two police officers were stabbed early Friday morning 16 September in central London and taken to hospital, London police said, adding that one man “with a knife” he has been arrested.
“Two officers were stabbed and are currently being treated in the hospital”And “A man was arrested”suspected of having “Attacked a rescuer” in the Leicester Square area, Metropolitan Police said in a statement, with no details on the condition of the stabbed officers. A little later, in the morning, the police made it clear that this attack was not “not treated as related to terrorism”.
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Officers were attacked at around 6:00 am on Friday morning, Metropolitan Police said, as reported by British media. The man who was arrested is also hospitalized, the force said.
A spokesperson said: “On Friday 16 September around 6 am, police met a man with a knife in the Leicester Square area. Two officers were stabbed and are currently being treated in the hospital. We await further updates on their conditions “. He added that a taser was used against the attacker and that an investigation is underway to determine the circumstances of the attack.
A “terrible” attack.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “This attack on police officers on duty in Soho at night is absolutely frightening. “The brave officers were doing their duty and helping the public at this important time for our country. My thoughts and prayers are with them, their loved ones and fellow officers after this shameful attack. “
The knife attack comes as police strengthen security ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday. Thousands of police officers were requisitioned for this state funeral. The UK has suffered several attacks over the past decade.
Tens of thousands of mourners line up along the south side of the River Thames to pass the Queen’s coffin in Westminster.
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