A teenager on a ‘girly trip’ to Manchester is among five people hurt after a knifeman went on a stabbing spree at a busy shopping centre this morning.
The 19-year-old from Northern Ireland is being treated for stab wounds after the incident at the Arndale shopping centre at 11.15am.
It is understood her injuries are not life-threatening, reports Belfast Live. Two others also suffered stab injuries and a further two people were treated by paramedics.
A young woman, believed to be the victim’s friend, said on Facebook: “All we wanted to do was come over to Manchester for a girly weekend but instead the first shopping centre we step into this happens.
“We’re all so shook and can’t for the life of us understand how someone could be so low to do this.
“I can’t get that man’s face and knife out of my head and probably won’t for a very long time.”
The young woman said her pal is “on the mend” and she “thanks everyone for her support”.
She added: “We haven’t left her side and we should hopefully be home within the next few days after interviewing etc for everyone asking.
“Thank yous all for the support we all appreciate it [sic].”
The victim is understood to have suffered stab and slash injuries to her hand and has been taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary for assessment and treatment.
A source said: “It appears she was injured when she put her hands up in a defensive movement when this man approached. She has been injured but her injuries are not life-threatening.
“A woman in her 40s also received similar injures and a third female was hurt too.
“A man in his 50s suffered stab wounds to his back and side and needed emergency treatment. It is believed none of the knife wounds sustained are life-threatening.”
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A 41-year-old man has been arrested.
Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said the suspect had been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.
He added that investigators did not believe anyone else to be involved in the attack.
The suspect was first arrested on suspicion of a serious assault, the force said.
Mr Jackson said the suspect had been armed with a large knife as he entered the Exchange Court of the shopping centre where he “lunged” at shoppers.