LONDON (AP) – A 25-year-old Libyan asylum seeker accused of stabbing three men with a kitchen knife while in an English city park first appeared in court on Monday, but made no plea.
Khairi Saadallah faces three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder during the June 20 attack in Reading, 64 kilometers west of London.
Friends James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, enjoyed a warm Saturday night in the town’s Forbury Gardens park when stabbed. Each died from a single stab wound. Three other men were injured.
The police have declared the stabbings a terrorist attack.
Prosecutor Jan Newbold said Saadallah stabbed his victims “without warning or provocation,” shouting words with the elaboration of “Allahu akbar” “- the Arabic expression for God is great.
Saadallah appeared via a video link and wore a gray tracksuit in prison and a blue face mask. He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address and was sentenced to his next hearing on Wednesday.
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