Two police officers were stabbed to death on Friday in central London, the capital’s security force said, which ruled out a terrorist act as the city focused on the farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.
“At around 6:00 am (2:00 am GMT), police confronted a man with a knife in the Leicester Square area,” the security force announced.
“The two police officers suffered injuries and are being treated at a hospital. The aggressor has been detained,” the statement said.
“A stun gun was used and the man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injuries and assaulting an emergency service worker,” added the Metropolitan Police.
“The attacker was taken to a hospital for treatment, where he remains at this time.”
“The circumstances of the incident are being investigated, but it is not considered terrorism related,” police said.
The attack took place in a busy area, a relatively short distance from where thousands of people wait to visit the hall in which Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is located in Westminster Hall. The police statement makes no connection with the funeral.
“The attack on police officers in Soho is absolutely atrocious,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement.
“Our officers run to danger to protect everyone and keep us safe. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude,” she added.
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