There is no detail as to who this man was in this article or any other about this incident. It may just be some madman who attacked police. Or it could be another jihad attack, and another media whitewash of the motives and identity of the attacker.
The Islamic State issued this call in September 2014:
So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….
“The moment police officers take down a man as he viciously attacks them with a sword on Upper Chorlton Road,” by John Scheerhout, Manchester Evening News, March 25, 2018:
Shocking video shows the moment police officers take down a man with a sword.
It shows the knifeman, 23, running from an alleway with a 3ft sword before being confronted by uniformed officers.
He lashes out and injures at least two officers before being disarmed, Tasered and arrested.
One officer is in hospital with serious injuries. They are not thought to be life-threatening.
The drama happened on Upper Chorlton Road in Whalley Range shortly before 3pm on Sunday.
Upper Chorlton Road was closed this afternoon as GMP started an investigation.
A witness told the M.E.N. they saw two police officers ‘bleeding quite heavily’ following the incident.
Another resident, Haroon Altaf, 34, who captured the incident on his mobile phone, said: “I saw a man running across the road with what seemed to me to be a 3ft sword. Police were everywhere.
“He had run into somebody’s front garden and these police officers dragged him out but he’s gone for the officers. They were hitting him but you can see from the video he is still attacking them when he’s on the floor.
“I think the officers did quite well. They were very professional. It’s a shame they got hurt in the process. What they did was good.
“One of the ladies passing by was quite shaken up. She couldn’t believe it had just happened.”
Another resident, who declined to be named, said: “I came out of the shop and I could hear shouting. The coppers just Tasered the guy.
“I could see two of the coppers were bleeding quite heavily. One had blood on his face. I could see the machete on the ground. The man was on the floor crying and shouting….