A mass stabbing that left three people dead in a Reading park in the United Kingdom was a terror attack, police have confirmed.The Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) unit has taken over the investigation as the suspect Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan, 25 years old, remains in custody. According to Police’ preliminary reports, Saadallah struck at around 7pm on Saturday evening, as groups of friends and families enjoyed the evening sunshine. He stabbed dozens of people, severely in the neck, and under the arms.
Speaking after the attack, which took place in Forbury Gardens, Reading, on Saturday evening, the cousin, who lives in Libya and did not wanted to be named, said: “I cannot believe this. I can’t believe he’d do anything like this or be involved in anything to do with terrorism”. The Daily Mail reported that Khairi had been to the UK a number of times but at the end of 2012 he travelled there as a tourist and decided to stay and claim asylum. “He was at risk of extremists in Libya because he liked to drink and socialise and didn’t really lead a strict religious life at all.” His cousin added.
The Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism says, quoting its sources from Misrata, that the old ID card of Saadallah belongs to the group of 17th Revolutionary Brigade, led by Haythem al-Tajouri and Hassan Bahsam, linked to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA)’s Interior Ministry.Noor Dahri, Executive Director of ITCT and contributor of the “US Homeland Security”, confirmed that Khairi Saadallah planned to travel to his native Libya, where it was feared that he wanted to join a militant jihadist group. “He had boosted to friends in the UK that he had fought as a child soldier to overthrow colonel Muammar Gaddafi. He was member of the GNA”. Dahri stressed on Twitter.
According to experts and numerous reports from EUROPOL, Sadhallah is yet another proof of the risks of terrorist infiltrations into Europe from Libya.Thousands of Syrian fighters have been transferred from Syria to Libya by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Among them would be dangerous terrorists and extremists, whose final destination would be Europe. According to several sources, GNA and Turkish officials alsopromised them that everyone who fights against the Libyan National Army (LNA) of General Khalifa Haftar, for at least 30 days, will be helped in all the way to enter Europe via Italy.
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