2020 Reading stabbings

multiple fatal stabbings on 20 June 2020 in Forbury Gardens, Reading, England

Shortly after 19:00 BST on the 20 June 2020, a mass stabbing happened in Forbury Gardens, a park in Reading, Berkshire, England. Three people were killed.[1] Thames Valley Police said a number of people had to go to hospital and that a man had been arrested.[1][2] The next morning, it was called a terrorist attack.[3][4]

2020 Reading stabbings
Part of Islamic terrorism and terrorism in the United Kingdom
Forbury Gardens in 2008
LocationForbury Gardens, Reading, Berkshire, UK
Date20 June 2020
~19:00 BST (UTC+1)
Attack type
Mass stabbing
PerpetratorKhairi Saadallah

A 25-year-old Libyan refugee, Khairi Saadallah, was arrested nearby shortly afterwards. Saadallah is a former member of the Libyan jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia.[5] He was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder; he pled guilty. In January 2021, Saadallah was sentenced to life imprisonment.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Connett, David; Otte, Jedidajah (2020-06-20). "Reading stabbing: three dead as UK police investigate possible terrorism link". The Guardian. ISSN 0029-7712. Archived from the original on 2020-06-20. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  2. "*UPDATED* Man arrested following incident of stabbing – Reading | Thames Valley Police". www.thamesvalley.police.uk. Thames Valley Police. Archived from the original on 20 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  3. "Reading attack: Stabbings declared 'terrorist incident'". BBC News. 21 June 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-06-21. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  4. "Murder Investigation - Reading" (Press release). Thames Valley Police. 21 June 2020. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2020. Counter Terrorism Policing can now confirm that the stabbing incident that happened in Reading last night (20/6), has now been declared a terrorist incident.
  5. "Khairi Saadallah: Terrorist who murdered three in 'brutal' Reading attack gets whole life sentence". Sky News. 11 January 2021. Archived from the original on 11 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.