Says the police spokesman: “This appears to be a very unusual and untypical incident.” Hmm. He seems to have forgotten that the 9/11 hijackers, and the Bali bomber, and killers from the Philippines to Nigeria, have been seen reading the Qur’an. The idea that this is something different from those attacks because there was only one attacker and two victims is unfounded; it is most likely that this man had the same motives that jihadists do around the world. From Manchester Online, with thanks to Susan and Ali Dashti:
A WOMAN was killed and another is fighting for her life after a knifeman went berserk in broad daylight in a Greater Manchester street.
It is believed the woman killed was attacked first by the man, who was carrying what appeared to be a kitchen knife with a six-inch blade and had been seen reading from the Koran….
He said: “We were all chatting in the street and this lad came running around the corner saying `Help me, there is a lad stabbing this girl’.
“When we got round there the girl was lying on the ground. There was this fella and we saw him stab this older lady. We shouted at him `What are you doing?’ He then came for us and he was pretty close, then he got hit by a car.”
It is understood police were first called to the scene by a man who reported seeing a man with a knife and reading from a book.
Police arrested a man at the scene and officers cordoned off the area, which today remained closed as forensic experts checked for evidence.
Chief Supt Brian Wroe, head of Salford Police, said: “It is a tragic set of circumstances and our thoughts are with the families of the victims at this time. There is a man in custody and at this stage we are not seeking anyone else.
“This appears to be a very unusual and untypical incident. I would like to reassure the local community that officers are working to get to the bottom of the circumstances and that people should continue to go about their daily business.”