Woman held after UK knife attack sparks terror fears
A police forensics officer looks for evidence inside a cordon in Peel Square, following a stabbing incident in the centre of Barnsley, northern England on September 8, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF)
BARNSLEY, United Kingdom â" British police arrested a woman Saturday after she chased a man through a shopping district with a large knife before stabbing him, in an incident that raised fears of terrorism.
âOne woman has been arrested and remains in police custody following reports of a stabbing in Barnsley town centreâ in northern England, South Yorkshire Police said in a statement.
âOne man suffered minor injuries. No other injuries have been reported at this time.â
Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber said officers were âkeeping an open mind as to the motivationâ, adding that they were âreceiving supportâ from a local counter-terrorism unit.
Market stall holder Terry Ellis told AFP he saw a woman with a âbig knife, [measuring] about 12 inchesâ (30.5cm) running after a man and shouting âkill, kill, kill.â
Another trader, Abdul Razak, added: âThis lady followed this man saying Iâll kill you, Iâll kill you.â
Other loca l traders said the stabbing, initially declared by police as a âserious incident,â caused the covered market and other parts of the town center to be âlocked down.â
Britain is on high alert after a string of deadly terror attacks, many involving knives.
Police were alerted at around 8.20am (0720 GMT) to reports of a woman with a knife in the town centre.
âA kitchen knife has been recovered by officers and is being forensically examined,â Forber said.
He called on any witnesses to come forward, but urged locals to remain calm.
âWe understand that this morningâs incident will have been distressing and shocking for those in the town center and wider Barnsley communities,â he said.
âRest assured we are working relentlessly to piece together what happened.â
Several crime scenes have been established and police said they would stay in the area until there was more clarity about what happened.
Earlier the Faceboo k page of Barnsley Mayday Green Market reported that âthis market and most of the town centre is in lockdown,â before later declaring it had received the all-clear.read more:
- Israel & the Region
- UK terror