Counter-terror police investigate after stabbings at Manchester shopping centre

Police run through the Arndale Centre in Manchester in response to a stabbing incident

Police run through the Arndale Centre in Manchester in response to a stabbing incident

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism Friday after injuring several people in a stabbing spree at a shopping center in Manchester, England.

They said a man, 40, been arrested at the scene on suspicion of serious assault.

"We do not know the motivation for this awful attack, it appears random - it's certainly brutal and of course extremely frightening for anyone who witnessed it", Jackson said.

A large number of officers were pictured at the scene via social media posts.

Freddie Holder, 22, from Market Drayton, Shropshire, said he heard "a load of screams just outside" the shop he was in.

The condition of the two women being treated with "stab injuries" is described as "stable", while the man is being treated with "stab wounds", police said.

Counter-terrorism officers are leading an investigation into the incident, the police said on Friday.

"But police came in and said it was a real knife and she burst into tears".

"He's now been arrested on suspicion, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism".

David Allinson, Centre Director for Manchester Arndale, told the Manchester Evening News that there had been a serious incident.

"She said this guy was trying to stab random people", Houlder said.

Tina Concar, 52, from Miles Platting, Manchester, said she was evacuated from the Arndale Centre after the attack.

Also nearby is Victoria railway station, where three people were stabbed on New Years Eve.

Terrified families described a machete-wielding attacker "running and lunging" at shoppers in the Arndale Centre.

The Arndale Centre had already been the scene of a terror attack in 1996 when the largest peacetime bomb ever detonated in Britain injured 212.

The 18 bus service between Langley and Manchester, operated by Go North West, is following diversions in the city centre along Shudehill, Portland Street, Newton Street, and Great Ancoats Street whilst Piccadilly is blocked due to emergency services attended the incident. "Thank you to our excellent emergency services who responded and who are now investigating what happened".

The city was also the site of a suicide bombing at at an Ariana Grande concert in 2017, which left 22 killed and 59 injured.