UK identifies Khairi Saadallah as the suspected terrorist in Reading stabbing

Khairi Saadallah

Following the deadly stabbing incident that three people in Reading, authorities in the United Kingdom have identified the suspected terrorist as Khairi Saadallah.

According to the BBC, Khairi Saadallah is a 25-year-old from the town of Reading.

Security sources told the BBC he is originally from Libya.

In his reaction to the unfortunate incident, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled and sickened” by the attack in a park on Saturday evening.

The prime minister praised the bravery of the unarmed officers who arrested the suspect.

A witness told the BBC he saw a man moving between groups of people in Forbury Gardens, a park in Reading town centre, trying to stab them.

Three other people were injured in the attack at about 19:00 BST on Saturday.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of counter-terrorism policing, described it as an “atrocity”.

The said it has raised its terrorism threat level to “substantial”. This is the third of five ratings at which the threat level can stand.