Scene of panic in the British capital. Two police officers were stabbed on Friday, September 14, in central London and hospitalized, London police said, adding that a man “with a knife” had been arrested. According to the police, the attack on two police officers “is not not treated as terrorist-related “.
“Two officers were stabbed and are currently being treated in hospital” and “a man has been arrested” in the Leicester Square area, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement without elaborating on the condition of the officers who were stabbed to death. The arrested man was also hospitalized. The incident took place around 06:00 local time.
Security for the Queen’s funeral
This attack comes at a time when a giant security device has been deployed in the British capital ahead of the funeral on Monday 19 September of Queen Elizabeth II. Several hundred leaders and crowned heads from around the world are to attend the ceremony, which promises to become one “massive challenge” according to London’s new police chief Mark Rowley.
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Thousands of police officers were requisitioned for this state funeral. The United Kingdom has suffered numerous attacks over the past ten years. London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack a“shaking” reminder of the risks the police have taken to ensure everyone’s safety.