LONDON (AP) – British counter-terrorism police have charged a 25-year-old man with three murders and three counts of attempted murder for an stab in an English park that killed three men a week ago.
British prosecutors have given their consent to the charges brought against Khairi Saadallah, from Reading, on Saturday. The attack took place on June 20 in Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a city of 200,000 residents, some 40 miles west of London.
The three victims, friends identified by the police as teacher James Furlong, 36, scientist David Wails, 49, and pharmaceutical assistant Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, enjoyed a warm Saturday night in the park when they were stabbed. Police said on Friday that every man had received a single fatal blow.
Three other people were also injured and have since been released from the hospital. Police declared the stabbing as a terrorist incident the day after the attack, but they did not say what they believed was the motive and noted that the investigation is ongoing.
The local Reading Borough Council organized an online vigil for the three friends later on Saturday.
The British Press Association reported that Furlong’s family released a statement on Saturday thanking other parkgoers and police officers rushing to help the injured men.
“James was passionate about creating a more loving and caring society. His time with us has been cut short, but the impact he has made will continue well into the future, ”said the new service.
Saadallah will appear in court on Monday.
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