Police not treating Glasgow stabbings as terrorism

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

THE hero cop who was injured in a horror knife attack at a Glasgow hotel on Friday has said he will "never forget the scene we were confronted with".

Scottish police were seen entering a building believed to be the Park Inn on West George Street just after 2pm on Friday (11pm AEST), local media reports.

Sky News' Scotland correspondent, James Matthews, said refugees and asylum seekers had been housed at the hotel over recent months to protect them during the coronavirus pandemic.

But it appears only the suspect was killed, the BBC said in a report.

Police said the incident was not being treated as terrorism.

Police Scotland said it was continuing to "investigate the circumstances".

"Both of those inquiries, which take place under the direction of the Lord Advocate, are ongoing and it would not be appropriate to speculate either about the events or the outcomes of these investigations".

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said the incident had been contained and there was no wider risk to the public. "The street is now closed off and the public are asked to avoid the area at present", said Greater Glasgow Police in a statement earlier.

A police officer was also injured in this attack.

"As the first responders on scene, myself and my colleague did what all police officers are trained for to save lives".

Following the incident on Friday, sources had suggested two other people died at the hotel, which is now housing asylum seekers.

David's wife nursing auxiliary Carol posted on her Facebook page a message supporting her hubby saying: "I hold the line - because he's mine". "I saw people with blood on them, all over the ground".

"I would like to reassure the public that at this time we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident".

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister, tweeted, "The reports from Glasgow City Centre are truly terrible".

"We appreciate families of police officers in #Glasgow will be anxious to hear that a police officer has been stabbed". My thoughts are with everyone involved.

"Officers have once again run into danger to protect their fellow citizens".

The five other victims were all men, aged 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53, the police said. "Clearly there is already much speculation around this incident, which remains under investigation". Their professionalism as police officers was outstanding.

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